The movie Election would be one of my favourite films. I've always had a thing for Matthew Broderick and I am a big admirer of the talented Ms Witherspoon...she seems like a pretty ballsy chick.
We're in the midst of a bit of an election in our house. Our oldest KAT had to prepare a speech for the school to convince them that she would make a great school captain. As it's only a small school (19 of them will be in Year 6 next year) they all get to make a speech as the teachers and principal consider it a great opportunity to practise their public speaking and talk about their strengths.
I have been preparing myself all year for this event.
Practising being magnanimous.
Practising the "I don't care face".
Practising the "Primary school is such a small part of your life" speech
............all in preparation for the eventual outcome that our gorgeous, intelligent, caring, generous, girl probably won't get the gig.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not being defeatist. I'm being a realist and a pragmatist (quite unusual for me I might add!!!). The reality is that if it's a popularity contest, our Oldest KAT wouldn't win...she's spent most of her school years on the outer and struggled at times to 'fit in'.
She's her own person. She doesn't go with the crowd and she's certainly no Queen Bee!
I should also mention that her only resemblence to Ms. Flick is her intelligence and beauty...perhaps by Year 12 she may have her single-minded ambition!!
If it's decided by the principal and the teachers I'm sure she'll get a mention. But if they have half a brain (and I know they do) they will not put this pressure on her as they know that it will only add to the weight of pressure she puts on herself and may bring out elements of her personality (the bossy bits) that we are working to tone down...not fuel!
In the unlikely event that she is chosen we will be suitably proud of her and totally supportive. I have just reached the point though where I think it's best for her to NOT have this honour and deal with the possible thought in future years "was that my high point" (though I think she has it in her to be Prime Minister if the truth be known :))
I can also confidently say that I have no need to validate myself as a mother by geeing her on to get this job....I know I'm a great mum (and can also be a complete and utter psycho nut-case) and NOT getting school captain is not a vehicle I have ever coveted to reinforce my position in the world!
My only hope is that it goes to one of the quiet achievers in the class and not to one of the "shiny" kids....you know the ones, parents that hang with the 'right' crowd, always appearing to be cruising through life in the 'easy' lane. I don't suffer fools gladly and if one of those smug little princesses (okay get a grip Elizabeth) gets the gig I may have to sit on my hands to stop from gagging!!!!!
Oh, Oh....I think I need to practice the magnanimous face again!!!!