yikes!

I just received an e-mail from the drug counselor who I thought agreed to do my presentation.  I really was a bit surprised that she would do it - since it wasn't her material but I wasn't going to press it.  Anyway, in so many words, she said she would be a part of it but she wasn't going to do my presentation.  Honestly, I truly understand but now.....now it looks like I'm going to have to do it.  My husband said that if I didn't feel comfortable presenting it then he would be happy to.  I told him that, perhaps, we can do it together.  I hate public speaking - especially about something so emotional and close to home.  And the fact that we know many of these people.  It would be easier if it were at a school where we didn't know anyone but ......I'll get over it!  The Principal actually thought I was going to present it anyway so I guess this is meant to be.  Yikes!  I'm getting nervous already!   The last two years I've been running the Suicide Prevention/Education booth at the 4th of July annual carnival our town has every year.  Since T will not be attending the high school I decided I'm finished.  I'm onto something else.  I wish I would have pushed to find someone to take over the reins but the school has so many activities going on - to take on another would be too much, I guess.  Last night my husband and I went up to the carnival and ran into a lot of people we knew. Yes - there is a gazebo at this event, too, with various bands that play.  We always feel like we're on a movie the way the carnival is set up.  It seems so surreal.  Anyway, our family doctor (who is also the president of the school board) and told my husband he heard that he was going to run for school board!  The other night a friend of my husband's and another person (who is on the school board) asked my husband if he was interested.  He never answered them but it seems like they got the impression that he would do it.  I  don't know about this.  He is always taking on way too much.  In fact, he was awarded "Citizen of the Year" this year and that's because he's so involved.  I don't think it's a good idea because I know how these things go.  Sure - two meetings a month....but I know that that means there will be meetings in-between.  And then all of the politics and all the stuff that comes with that.  We don't need more drama in our lives!!   

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While public speaking on such a personal topic may be difficult, it will come across as genuine to the audience and that matters a lot in terms of getting info across.....Practice, practice, practice and take advantage of others offers to participate. Perhaps there are others who would take on a role...your friend the MD? You don\'t have to \"do it all\".

School board, I\'m with you NO THANKS! Your analysis of the time and politics is on target....is there something he will give up during that period? On the plus side, he can be a real advocate for everyone dealing with kids with atypical needs. I am sure that having had 3 kids \"in the system\" recently also helps as he has more first hand knowledge of the day to day issues (versus someone 10-20 years removed.....).

Enjoy the holiday weekend, take it a day at the time. Be well and take care!!!
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I agree with Penpal! You have done so much for the school and community that it IS time to move on to other things. Good luck to you with your presentation. I\'d be nervous and apprehensive, but given no other choice, would gladly accept if my husband offered to help. He\'ll get you through this one.

School board office? Well, your kids are now out of school right? Tuff decision there. Good luck! Happy 4th!