Army of Mom

So this is how liberty dies ... with thunderous applause.

8.26.2005

It's just not fair

My soon-to-be 11-year-old utters these words all the time. I can recall getting in trouble MANY times in high school for saying the same thing. The school's counselor claimed that she had no way to know how to advise most of us on career choices (like it was a problem for me, I was going to Baylor and that was that), but she made all of us take the ASVAB (not sure what the acronym is for or even if it is right, I'm sure its close). It is the Air Force's way of seeing where to place new recruits if I understand correctly. Well, effit, was my philosophy. I knew I was going to college, didn't need the recruiter's office calling me all the time and didn't want to take it. I had other things I could be doing. I told this to the counselor. She told me I had to take it. I told her it wasn't fair. Too bad.

Well, I'm sitting in there taking the stupid test when I see five of my friends walk by the cafeteria, look in the window, point at me and laugh. I fumed. I got up, picked up my stuff and went to my journalism classroom to work on the school paper.

The principal, herself, came down and got me and lectured me on responsibility and who knows what else. I told her that it wasn't fair that they didn't have to take it and her response:
LIFE ISN'T FAIR. THE SOONER YOU LEARN THIS, THE SOONER YOU'LL BE AN ADULT.

Those words have been etched on my brain by Leslie Horton. I still subscribe to them and use them as my mantra when shit happens.

Today, shit happened.

The airport employee newsletter comes out and highlights the airport's public affairs department. Let me back up and say I work on the communications team for the capital development program - which is all the new shit that opened this year. The regular airport PR folks didn't have time to deal with that and their regular stuff, so we came on board to handle it. Well, almost the entire story is about what a great job that department did on the opening of the new facilities and the channel 5 documentary on the new terminal and train. WTF????? I never ONCE saw any of them around when I was driving execs to and from interviews, sweating my ass off on the construction site, etc. for that show.

I'm so mad. I just want to scream IT ISN'T FAIR! WE DID ALL THE WORK AND GET NONE OF THE CREDIT!

But, life isn't fair.

*sigh* Where is my Dr Pepper and a brownie? This requires something sweet.

3 Comments:

  • At 2:59 PM, August 26, 2005, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    On my second Dr Pepper now. I may need to drink tonight.

     
  • At 5:59 PM, August 26, 2005, Blogger mauser*girl said…

    The ASVAB is the military's way of seeing what jobs you are well suited for, and they offer people jobs accordingly. In other words, if you're dumb as a box of rocks, they won't be making you a rocket scientist.

    But, that said, your teacher was full of s***. The ASVAB IS OPTIONAL. You don't have to take it.

     
  • At 12:02 PM, August 29, 2005, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    Yeah, I know that I didn't HAVE to take it. That was my point. But, the counselor didn't give us the option. We were taking it for HER to use. Unfortunately, the AF used it, too, and hassled me with recruiting phone calls for weeks. If they only knew me, they would have laughed at the waste of time in calling me.

    Anyway. I was pissed. But, I did learn the valuable lesson that life isn't fair. Still doesn't make me happy, though.

     

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