Re: Re: Baby Sitters of America
Monica C. Pilman (TACVMCP@VM.TCS.TULANE.EDU)
Thu, 20 Sep 1990 13:31:45 CDT
Yes, you are probably right, Wayne. By the nature of this list, many of
us cannot be considered "normal" whatever that is. I've observed enough
of other families to know that we are fairly different: in our household,
all of us enjoy sharing the newspaper out and reading in the evenings
after supper, stopping the others to point out a particularly interesting
article or ad -- ALL of us, even my eleven year old son. We have a TV,
but it is upstairs. Last night, we gathered to watch a one hour TV show
(Star Trek: The Next Generation) and remembered that this was the first
time in nearly two weeks we'd even turned the TV on.
Everyone chips in to fix supper, and we all like to think we are gourmet
chefs (except my son, who is still an apprentice chef), everyone cleans
house, everyone takes care of the pets. We are all avid computer users
and compete for the use of the one computer in the house.
I have observed enough of other families to know that we are ODD. We like
it, though. Perhaps I am being over confident here, but despite the fact
that we are NOT normal, I still feel like my opinions about how scouting
and school events can be better organized and scheduled for the modern
working family are valid, and would be valid even for more "normal"
families. Other people may watch more TV, or do more athletics in their
after-work/after-school time than we do, but we still have a lot in common.
It is one of life's paradoxes that, as different as we all are, we are all
still very much the same.
The current scouting event hours and school hours were structured in a
society where mothers didn't have paying jobs, and agriculture was the
chief industry (that's why the summer break for schools). We no longer
live in that society, but we are still living by the old rules. It is
time for change. It is time for traditional organizations like scouting
and schools to adapt to the modern society and family, and stop trying to
make the modern family struggle to meet an outdated, antiquated schedule.
I think I'm making a valid point here, even if I do have computer skills
and an educational background that perhaps makes me less "normal" than
And I want to note that I feel uncomfortable using the word "normal" with
regards to people, because it is a very fuzzy, very ill-defined term indeed.
I've never heard a good description of what constitutes "normal" when it
comes to people yet.
--- Monica C. Pilman
Cubmaster, Pack 234
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City