Thursday, September 9, 2010


Haven't been very good at answering the phone lately...OR checking messages. Thank GOODNESS Donny does. He brought the phone to me last night and said "Listen to THIS!"
It was Atlanta- Michelle, a 3Day Event Coordinator, calling. The message was short, but basically "we want to use Melissa's story for our 2011 campaign". That was enough to start the tears flowing....THEN I talked with her today.
There are several cities across the U.S. that have the Susan G. Komen 3 day walk...SanDiego (the biggest fundraisers), Dallas (headquarters for SGK - second biggest fundraiser) then Atlanta (third biggest fundraiser). Other cities include Boston and Cleveland, and probably another 10-15 that I'm not sure of. At any rate - Michelle asked if they could tell Melissa's story for the Atlanta Campaign. From January to June, there will be 60-70 meetings in and around Atlanta for people wanting to do the walk. Michelle will be doing a presentation about Melissa at each meeting. We talked for about half an hour this afternoon. She said she will be in touch with me between now and January...she has read the blog, and wants to know more about Melissa. I will be sharing stories about Melissa that SHE will share. I have plenty of stories about her that I can share - but if anyone has a particularly funny or inspiring story about Melissa and her journey with breast cancer, PLEASE let me know so I can share with Michelle. I am SO excited to share her story. She also invited me to attend some of the meetings, AND possibly speak...I have NO PROBLEM talking about Melissa (as most of you who are around me know!)

I'm also thinking that it would be AWESOME if we could get a group to do the walk in October (2011)in Melissa's honor (or anyone that you know that is fighting breast cancer!) I needed a year off - but I AM IN for the 2011 walk...I would LOVE it if you would walk with me!

...Fort said it best after OUR walk in 2007 (and ATLANTA is where I'M walking NEXT year!).....

UNTIL NEXT YEAR!!!!! ......WHO's WITH ME??? New York? Chicago? Cleveland? San Diego?? Let me know, wussies!

...and like Fort, I need to post something that I received today that was pretty funny...I could have written this (but I didn't, so I can't take credit for it)...all you mom's out there that have kids in school - you'll love it...ENJOY!

10 Misconceptions of Moms and Back-to-School

Misconception Number 1: Moms miss their kids when they go back to school

Seriously. I've had enough of you by now. Every morning with the "what are
we going to do today, Mom?" is finally over. I've had looked at your face
twenty-four seven for the last 77 days. It's time to go learn something. No
more asking me about the pool, when is the next snack or if you can stay up
late and watch a movie. It's over..You're going back to Hogwarts and I get
to have a life again. There is a Christmas morning for parents and it's
called "back to school".

Misconception Number 2: Moms like to go school shopping.

Are you freaking kidding me? Why do I pay taxes?.so I can rack up a 200
dollar bill at Staples for crap that we have laying around my house in junk
drawers. Why does it have to be new pencils? What's wrong with the chewed
up, broken strawberry shortcake pencils sitting in the bottom of the toy box
for the last 6 months? And how many subject books can you possibly need?
What happened to reading, writing and arithmetic. If they added a couple of
things for parents to that list I wouldn't mind so much..why not pencils,
erasers and vodka ...or some Nyquil.

Misconception Number 3: Moms like back to school night.

Why must we do this every year? I got it already. You're the teacher.I'm the
parent. My kid is either going to be smart or dumb. If he gets a certain
number or colored dot on his discipline chart, he can't get a prize from the
prize box. Pretty simple stuff. Listen, I'm pretty old school. If he doesn't
listen to can throw something at him. I don't care. But I got a lot
of work to do at home and I'm paying a babysitter right now. Plus, I'm
pretty sure you are going to assign some project on wigwams made by some
Indian tribe I've never heard of, so I need to get home and start my
research. So, I got it. We're all here for the betterment of the kids. Blah
Blah Blah. Can I leave now?

Misconception Number 4: Moms like school paperwork.

How many trees are you planning on killing to tell me the same stuff I had
to pay a babysitter to listen to the other night? You know our name, where
we live and our emergency phone numbers. He doesn't have a
him "stinkbutt" for all I care. We don't have any "special circumstances"
that you need to know about. He lives in a home with two parents who may or
may not like each other at any given time and they will fight. If that
qualifies as a reason he can't get his homework done on time then he won't
be able to function as an adult and have a real job so you may want to
"educate" him on that life lesson.

Misconception Number 5: Moms like covering books in that annoying sticky

What exactly will you be doing with these books that I have to cover them in
a plastic laminate? Do you often teach in the rain? Or while the children
are drinking soda and eating soup? Do you know how long that takes? Has any
parent in the history of education been able to do it without any air
bubbles in it? From now on I'm covering it the old way.brown paper bags.
That way I can cover the books and pack their lunches at that same time. Who
says moms can't multitask?

PS. Please tell my son if he can't find his lunch to look in his science

Misconception Number 6: Moms like helping you with your homework.

What? I am scared out of my mind. I'm pretty sure that I forgot everything I
learned in fifth grade by the time I was in sixth grade. I have no idea what
you are talking about most days. I don't really know my 12 times tables, I
read the cliff notes to all your summer reading and I don't know how to
conjugate anything but I do know that song "conjuction junction what's your
function" if that helps at all. And please don't even say the words "new
math" to me. What the heck was wrong the old one?

Misconception Number 7: Moms can't wait to pack your lunch every day until
we die.

I hate doing laundry. Making dinner every night is the bane of my existence,
so making your lunch every day for an entire year, in terms of "mom fun",
lies somewhere between brushing plaque off the dogs teeth and scheduling my
annual pap smear. Listen, as a child I hated what my mom packed me for
lunch. But, like every kid before me, and every generation to come you will
find a kid to trade with.I'm sure someone likes sardines.

Misconception Number 8: Moms love after school activities.

I don't know who made up this idea of organized clubs and sports but they
should be the ones in charge of carting your ass around. Don't get me wrong.
I'm not against all after school programs. I just wish they would offer it
during hours that would work best for me so that dinner wasn't at 8:30 at
night followed by 4 hours of homework. Why not do it on the weekends and
call it "after-hours activities" so mommy and daddy could actually go out
one night and pretend that we have a life of our own. Don't worry about us
though I'm sure that me and "what's his name" will be married a very long

Misconception Number 9: Moms don't mind taking you to school if you miss the

Your bus comes at 7:10 am..which means that you should be standing by the
door at 7:05 am. Not eating breakfast , chasing the dog around the house or
in the bathroom, asking me to check your homework while I'm taking a shower.
Get it together! I don't like running down the street in my jammies at 7:12
screaming "Please wait" or "If you stop I'll show you my boobies."

Misconception Number 10: Moms cry on your first day of school

We do cry but they are tears of joy. I have done my job. I have successfully
kept a human child alive for at least 5 years without doing any major
damage. Motherhood is the hardest job in the world!! Sure, doctors save
lives and CEO's run million dollar businesses teach a kid not to
poop their pants and then you can say you've made the world a better place."


Anonymous said...

So glad that Melissa's story will be shared so broadly at the 2011 walk. We sure shared it with folks while we walked in 2009 & people wanted to hear more and know more about her. NOW it will happen! Please don't forget that Karyn & I will be walking in Atlanta again this year - from a team of 5 we have become a team of 2. We both loved Melissa - me as a yaya & best friend of her mom;karyn as a life friend. Walking this walk helps us bring her story to others and to DO something to fight the dreadful disease that took her from us. Please remember us on the walk on Oct.22,23 &24. We are The Yayas for Tatas & walk in honor of Melissa's battle, of Niki's battle, of Jean's battle & currently for Christine,who is in the battle. The walk in 2011 will be even more special because we will be with Pam but the walk this year is important - every step we take we will be thinking of Melissa, knowing she walked those same streets and that she is with us every step of the way. And Pam, we'll be with you in 2011 - you can put our names on the list. Because we love Melissa we are walking...because we hate breast cancer, we are walking - because we can. Sharon Tangeman

Anonymous said...

I KNOW you will be there and I KNOW she will be with both of you! I wish I could go and cheer you on this never you too! pam-(fort's mom)

Anonymous said...

This boots are made for walking... they're gonna walk all over you! (you being breast cancer)

What a great way to honor and spread Melissa's story. Now I just need to figure out how to get off work so I can participate... if nothing else, Dave and I WILL figure out a way to be in the cheering sections!