Friday, August 31, 2007

What Would the Harper Valley PTA Do?

Tom T Hall, Harper Valley P.T.A. Lyrics
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The note said, "Mrs. Johnson, you're wearing your dresses way too high It's reported you've been drinking and a-runnin' 'round with men and going wild And we don't believe you ought to be bringing up your little girl this way. It was signed by the secretary, Harper Valley P.T.A. Tom T. Hall, "Harper Valley P.T.A."

I am so not a joiner.

No. Seriously. I rarely join anything generally, but when I do, I usually end up cutting off ties blaming beurocratic red tape, institutional sluggishness and either too much or too little activism on behalf of the group for wasting my time.

I wonder if that is a common trait for academics who can normally hole up in their office and spend their lives working with data that someone else collected.

I must be, however, turning over a new leaf that even Tom T. Hall, author of that old ditty, "Harper Valley PTA", could never have imagined. Because of an invitation by an amazing mom in Seven's second grade class, I have become, I suspect, the first out lesbian to co-chair the vice presidency of the parent organization of our little neighborhood catholic school.

We may get some notes home, but I doubt it'll be about the length of my dresses.

First South Minneapolis, then ROME!


Aunt Bev said...

This should be very interesting!!


vikki said...

Where do you guys live? Just asking because I am a fellow southern Minneapolitan, of the Powderhorn variety :)

giddings said...

Hi Vikki -
We're in Kingfield, near Lk Harriet.