Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Special Ops

Special Ops
Second Generation Special Ops Reconnaissance Unit circa 2006

So my son goes to the parent participation school in our neighborhood which I know I've moaned about because it means I teach there and I get more emails than President Obama and it has generally taken over our lives. And yet we couldn't be happier about the place and the community and the education that our son is getting. Our closest and oldest friends in the area also send their son there and even though the boys are not in the same class they play a lot at recess and are generally happy to be together at school. The funny part is that the husband of this couple and my husband were in the Israeli army together. Basic training and the whole bit.

Fast forward twenty years and these two comrades in arms are sitting in parent education class for entering kindergartners at a public school halfway around the world. We were laughing about that the other day. I mean what are the chances?

The story goes that on the third day of training the parent education chair, a tiny woman from Hong Kong, asked for five volunteers for a role play activity and this friend leans over to my husband and whispers, in Hebrew, oh man, this is going to be rough. As if their commander had called everyone into formation and shouted, I heard that someone fell asleep on guard duty last night...

Oh man, this is going to be rough.

Running with 80 lb. packs for six days? Good times. Long reconnaissance missions in the dark with no food? Easy. Crawling through artillery fields along enemy territory? No problem. Getting up in front of fifty parents to act out some positive discipline concept? We surrender!

10 comments:

Pointy Pix said...

I love your stories! You have such a way with words. Do you watch 'The Middle' - I think it is the funniest sitcom on tv at the moment and something about the way you tell your stories puts me in mind of that!

nacherluver said...

tee hee!

aimee said...

i'd totally take the artillery fields.

Dana said...

momama, you are on fire this week...It's like a special treat evry day, love it :)

Buffalo Lucy said...

Love it! So glad I discovered your blog (thanks, Aimee!)

Everything's Rosie said...

Oh man! You ARE a piece of work. Don't know how you do it, but you're hilarious again.
Has Mr. Rosen read this yet? He will be absolutely hysterical. I can just picture him reading. it. You may have to call me when he does.

painted fish studio said...

i always get a good chuckle from your stories. thanks for making me look like a nut at work, when i'm grunting at my iphone during meetings when i should be paying attention.

Lori said...

Hahaha! I'm still laughing about more emails than pres obama.

Naomi Broudo said...

Your stories always make me giggle! This one is a real gem. Keep them coming!

AG Ambroult said...

L.O.L.!
( I feel the pain, though)