So maybe you are asking yourself, "Self, where has Taunie been lately? She hasn't blogged in eons!!" Funny you should ask, (even if you didn't) because I am going to tell you where I have been. I have been visiting the Audition and Campaign Hot Place. That place devoid of any sanity, any reason and any time.We were sucked in at the beginning of March with Maddie's ambition to run for SBO officer for 9th grade. If you have ever visited Campaign and Audition Hot Place you will know that your initiation begins with the creation of several, very original, very creative and, in our case, very time-consuming posters. For a weekend we were immersed in pictures and catchy phrases, which all of course were tied to our amazing overall theme. Cutting and pasting and approving and relenting and late nights all ensued.
Then, lest you think the drama is scaling down, begins the CAMPAIGN WEEK! For the student it is a week of reminding all of the people you ever sat next to, or laid eyes on, or lockered next to, how amazing you are and how much they want to vote for you. For the parent it is a week of unrelenting stress. Stomach pain, nausea, and anxiety over the much awaited day of Primary elections where your beloved child will come home with little to no confidence intact (tears to follow), or you will get the victory nod and move onto the final election.
Our first run with Maddie ended in disappointment, but not to be beaten down she moved on to Class Elections joined by Taylor who would run for 8th grade office. And....you guessed it...back to Poster Brainstorming and late night creativity cramming.
The following Monday it all began again...and I mean, ALL. So by Friday when I was away visiting my mother, my heart was in my stomach when we got the news that once again, Maddie was defeated, but we were thrilled that Taylor would be moving into the final election. There was a rainbow that day because not only were we in the throws of Campaign conundrums but we were also knee deep in Madrigal Auditions. Maddie was putting her efforts into her musical talents now along with Linzie as they were passionately practicing for Madrigal auditions--Maddie for 9th grade, Linzie for High School.
Taylor actually admitted to me that week that she might be trying to brown nose Heavenly Father. Can you do that? After listening and singing along with each other more times than should be legal, the Madrigal auditions came and went with Maddie making first cuts. Linzie didn't get a reprieve, her auditions were all or nothing. There was much rejoicing as we focused our sights on Friday when all would be weighed and our fates would be known. ( Are you holding your breath here?)