On Saturday I saw a unicorn. A real life, sparkly horned mythical creature. It was glorious.
Ok, ok I know unicorns don’t exist. Not literally. But I’m using a metaphor, guys. Because what I saw was just as rare as a unicorn with a sparkly horn and rainbow wings. I saw a group of people, mainly women, work together without ego, without bitchiness, to achieve a common goal. And we pulled it off.
What am I talking about?
A School Fair, you guys. We created a School Fair. An enormous, living, breathing School Fair. There were rides, food, entertainment, market stalls, an art exhibition and so much more. And it is the “so much more” that everyone is talking about. Some people have commented on the atmosphere of the day, the fantastic sense of community that made it so good. Others have channelled Daryl Kerrigan and said it was simply the “vibe” that was special.
The thing is, for those of us involved in the organising and running of the fair, we knew our community was special. It is one of the things we love about our school. But even so, I think there was still an element of surprise, even among our Fair Crew, at how well that was showcased. Underpinning that was more surprise at how seamlessly it came together, how satisfying and how much FUN it all was, to work together with a group of women of varying ages and backgrounds, most of whom did not know each other very well at the beginning. But all of whom are now firm friends.
I guess the sad thing is, you don’t expect it. Films like “Mean Girls” and “Bad Moms” are funny because people can relate to them. We know women like that. Because of this, it is seen as a daring act to put your hand up to volunteer, to be involved, because who wants to work their arse off for a bunch of bitchy, nasty women who don’t appreciate it? So many people step back instead of forward for that very reason. I totally understand that. But on the occasions you think “fuck it” and be brave and step forward? That’s when the magic can happen.
Was it incredibly hard work? Yes.
Are we are all exhausted and sunburned and having trouble walking today? Yes.
Are we all going to dodge our fearless P&F leader’s phone calls for a few days while we recover? Quite possibly, yes.
But was it worth it? Hell, yes.
A huge thank you to all of the Fair Crew and indeed all of the volunteers I worked with on the weekend. There is nothing better than women working together. Building and strengthening friendships. Lifting each other up instead of tearing each other down. If we keep this up, we could take over the world!
Hhhmmmm, I wonder if we have enough in the Parents and Friends budget to cover that…..