As you read this please play the song Harper Valley PTA in your minds. Today I had all the fun and enjoyment to attend parents orientation at my sons school like all good parents do. So I meet my son at the gate and off we go to the classroom for the first part of this exciting adventure. Once in the classroom I take my seat in second row from the blackboard in one of those tiny first grade chairs. That was an adventure in itself, not because I’m fat or tall though. It seems filipinos have a very hard time making a chair or table where all the legs are the same length. This chair was no exception as it would have made the most salty sailor sea sick just sitting in it. Then what do my eyes see? Could it be? YES another American is here too!!
My eyes gaze upon the writing on the blackboard which had the following:
PTA OFFICERS in big bold letters
Secretary of Ways and Means____________
Secretary of Culture__________________
Secretary of Information____________________
Secretary of Documents_______________________
Secretary of Finance__________________________
They never explained what each officer does and for president never singled anyone out to ask them if they would be nominated.
And then comes the nominations, slow at first then we have the president. Next nomination is for the ways and means (raising money right) and who is the the one they look at and ask if they would like to nominate themselves for ways and means? You guessed it, YOURS TRULY!!! Now being in this country long enough to know better I promptly declined stating I avoid politics, a lie I know. Then who is the second person they ask? The other American who also promptly declined. Guess he has been here long time too. But they did get a ways and means officer but both before and after they tried to corner the Americans into the office of ways and means they never asked anyone else directly to volunteer.
I found it interesting that the only time they asked anyone direct to volunteer it was the only whites in the room and for the office of begging for money. The day only went down hill from there until I sneaked out and went home. Had to, was putting head on umbrella handle going to sleep. Yes, It’s more fun in the philippines. One bright side though. The secretary of Culture was a very good looking woman. Wonder if she’d like to share a little culture?Published in