So the Book Fair I'm in charge of is officially up and running, and seems to be doing well so far. Despite a number of potentially disasterous mistakes, all of which were completely out of my hands.
- My beloved and usually reliable Cub Scouts dropped the ball. I had what I thought would be a brilliant idea of partnering with the Cubbies for a weekend family event - Books for Breakfast: The Cub Scouts Annual Pancake Breakfast + the Book Fair. Which is happening right now, as you read this. But somehow, the Cubs leader, who is a wonderful man and the most involved father I know, and therefore grossly over-committed, never really delegated any responsibility, and they only finally started planning a week ago. Luckily, a daring and brilliant mom jumped in with both feet, and I think has saved them from disaster. Fingers crossed.
- I had TWO, count 'em TWO, flyers, which I had carefully and thoughtfully created, one for the Book Fair and one for the aforementioned Books for Breakfast, which were meant to go out in the school's Wednesday Envelope, our archaic means of communication. Ihad emailed them to an always responsible mom/friend who generously steals free copies from her office for me all the time. She has kindly done this for me numerous times. She brought them to school, and left them on the table where she was supposed to have left them. Unfortunately, they didn't make it into the Wednesday Envelope. We don't know why. They were moved or mislaid or something. I have no idea how or why. I freaked out to such an extent that I thought I might have an aneurysm. I sent an hysterical email to our head room mother, and then when I called her about a minute later, she answered the phone "Breathe! Breathe! Breathe!" She managed to send out an email of the flyers to the entire student body. Which might work to our benefit...or not.
- I had scheduled THREE, count 'em THREE, e-mail blasts through our school's website, our less archaic means of communication. One, which talked about the entire Book Fair AND the Books for Breakfast event, was meant to go out on Wednesday, and then was to be followed up by brief reminders, one on Thursday and one on Friday. Unfortunately, the Wednesday blast didn't go out. I have no idea how or why. I send another hysterical email to the mom/friend who is in charge of the school website, who looked at it on her computer and said "Yes, I see it here that you scheduled it. Hmmm. I don't know what happened." Another mom, who I don't know, but who is generally very responsible, was supposed to have sent it, but did not.
These three things are THE REASON I almost never delegate. I have found that when I just do things myself I know they get done. And if they don't get done, I know exactly where to point the finger. Very frustrating.
I spent Thursday and Friday setting up the Book Fair and hosting Student Previews, which basically means showing the books to every child at the school, and the kids are super excited. SO gratifying to see all the kids running around excitedly looking at books.
We officially opened Friday afternoon, after school, and we were PACKED. An incredible turn out. Let's hope that things continue this well all week. Hopefully, this means that the kids' enthusiasm will make up for the gaffes in the advertising.
And yes, I have chosen this ridiculously busy time in my life to do my blog-every-day-for-a-month thing. Because I am perverse. And enjoy a challenge. And am possibly a little masochistic. And because I knew that if I didn't do this, I wouldn't blog at all during the entire Book Fair.
I'm stubborn, right? Wish us luck.