October brings the spice of the season; pumpkin

October is not simply Pumpkin Spice everything season. October is, “Dear Work Colleague, my child’s school/karate club/hockey team/figure skating club/dance troupe is selling chocolates (could be bars/covered almonds or fancy chocolates)/Christmas Wrapping Paper/Magazine Subscriptions and if you are interested, I have the form in my office and I do accept e-transfers” season. The password for the e-transfer should be ‘mom/dad doesn’t have time for this’. 

There is an imaginary gold star that goes to whichever work colleague gets the email out first, because everyone who follows feels as if they missed the perfect opportunity. “Darnit! Marjorie in Finance got her email out first! How on earth am I going to get these darn boxes of chocolates sold before Christmas!”

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I write this sympathetically because I was once one of those parents who acted as the official chocolate/wrapping paper/magazine shill for my children. When Amy or Matthew would bring home the forms for their latest fundraiser I would always say, “Can’t I just write a cheque? I don’t have time for this!” Oftentimes that is exactly what would happen when I was unable to unload the case of chocolate covered almonds. I would end up buying the entire case and would personally make it my mission to consume them during times of stress when I would, “eat my feelings”. I purchased wrapping paper that I didn’t need and have stacks of magazines under my bed from subscriptions that I signed up for under duress.

The first time one of them came home with the Jump Rope for Heart pledge form, I would be lying if I didn’t initially think that I was the one that would have to do the jump roping. 

Why does it always have to fall on the shoulders of the parents to become part time sales persons? Doesn’t the school know that we are too busy coming up with ideas and schematics for the the Science Fair project?

Speaking of science fair projects for 2020 – Start now and then when you find the crumpled up notice about the upcoming science fair only days before it is due, you will be ready! 

I understand the need for fundraising, I truly do! Back in the day I recall having to fundraise for trips and my poor mom having to whip up a 100 cupcakes or trays of squares for a bake sale. Technically I should have made the cupcakes or squares, it was my class who was raising money to go to Edmonton to see the Parliament building. 

Where am I going with this? Well, I want parents to know that we see you, we understand what you are going through and that we were in your shoes at one point in time. Bring on the chocolate covered almonds! (FYI – last year there were 10 almonds in the box, this year there will only be 8, so according to my math, they are almost $0.63 per almond. No worries though, it’s a small price to pay for our co-workers sanity).

Judy Kucharuk is a big fan of pumpkin spice, Old Spice, and Spice from the Planet Dune. She also likes the Spice Girls. And Stephen King.

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