suffragette playground

To prove that Saucy is no stranger to controversy, let her tell you, Dear Reader, about a little incident that took place when Loopy was in Kindergarten. School photographs were taken at the start of the year and... look for yourself: the students were asked what they wanted to be when they grew up.

Girls! How do you expect to become doctors without opening a book? My, what lofty ambition we have! Just sit quietly next to this potted plant and smile pretty for the camera.

What's a Saucy to do? Complain, of course. After approaching the principal and the photographer, it was apparent that this problem wasn't going to go away. Both parties proclaimed the floral arrangement to be a "festive touch" and indicated that retakes would only be given in the case of closed eyes or funny faces.

Closed eyes, indeed.

Saucy had no choice. It was time to rally the troops. Time to indoctrinate the tiny suffragettes in the kindergarten class and call them to action...

It began on the playground as a grassroots campaign. During parent volunteer supervision time, Saucy casually asked the girls why was it that they had their photos taken with flowers and not books?

Undaunted, Saucy then asked them if they could read... could they read books like the boys? Then why did the boys get to use the books in the photos?

With her mini army mustered, the group stormed the principal's office en masse and demanded retakes! It was very cute and all, they didn't use signs but Saucy had some in the back of her Jeep just in case they were needed. No, really. She did.



Oh, and check out Loopy's note to self under her photo on the page above. Self love is a good thing.

Reader, did you ever stir up a controversy? What was the apple-pie hubbub of your lifetime?

32 comments:

Sherry said...

Much better indeed! Good for Loopy!!

Sherry

Linda Crispell said...

Saucy and Loopy making a difference in the world!
GIDDY WITH JOY TODAY!!!
Linda

Professor J said...

Yea for you! What a wonderful day it is down in the lower 48.

Anonymous said...

Democracy is a wonderful thing. Teaching kids to empower themselves and advocate for their own rights is priceless. :) There was a slight issue regarding no computer time in the library for second graders in my son's {conservative} private school. He, being the rebel, and unbeknownst to me (I swear, principal Casselberry, honest!), staged a sit-in to demand equal time on the library PCs for second graders. They asked "us" to leave the school shortly thereafter and right about the time he started the petition to boycott a certain network after yanking fresh out of the closet Ellen Degeneres off the air....Have I mentioned I LUUURRRVVVEEE my kid? :) (Have I mentioned he became a homeschooled kid?) xoxoxox Your FL groupy divaqueen (PS And may I say in regards to Nov 4th-woo hoooooo!!!)

Laura said...

Good for you - I'll bet that was a change that continued through the years!

Yummers! said...

Come on down to the US and run for president! You've got what it takes!
Joni
PS You crack me up... love your blog!

michelleb. said...

Too funny! Geeze, I wonder if I would have even noticed, had it been any one of my 3 girls. Good for you and Loopy. And even better for the girls that benefited from you guys standing up when no one else did.
No controversy that I'm willing to share after all the political division that has been shown in comments on your blog.
BTW: hope you don't mind my serving Saucy-tinis at my daughters birthday party next weekend.

amyf4 said...

I don't know if I have ever really started something but I feel like I am fighting all the time when it comes to my children's education options. But I think that was utter poppycock about the "festive" touch and am so proud of you!

Starshine said...

Way to go, sister suffragette!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Go Saucy! Way to take on The Man! I kicked up many a fuss--starting back in middle school. I fondly recall protesting the "old boys club" by boycotting my high school graduation and writing a letter to the editor deploring the favoritism in graduation speeches made by the school board president, administrators and classmates. Ever since, no names are used because it's everyone's graduation, not just the popular kids'.

Christine said...

You are such a rebel. LOL I would have loved to see the look on the principals face. I am glad that they did the retakes.

alittlebitofscrap said...

The biggest controversy in my life was dating the man I married. Very long boring story, but I got a lot of grief for dating him for very outdated, religious BS reasons. And guess what! He's the best thing that ever happened to me :)

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Saucy, I loved this post. Isn't that what it's about...making a difference, giving hope, and might I add with grace. I'm sorry there are people out there who can't respect your opinion without name calling. I am overwhelmed by the beautiful church services that have been going on in America all morning in celebration of the fact that God DID create us all the same no matter what our skin color. No matter what your political opinion is,
if you listened to Senator Obama's speech last night you can't argue with wanting to come together. Hatred and fear (which unfortunatly too many people have, as you have witnessed) only add divisiveness. Saucy, I have taught my daughter that the RIGHT way to be strong is with intellegence, elegence, and kindness, and now I will add some of Senator Obama's words (not exactly)...listen especially carefully to those that disagree with you. Who can argue with that?

Rue said...

Good for you! Cute pic of Loopy :)

Controversy? moi? ;)

(((hugs)))
rue

Yin said...

A moving story!! Well done, Miss saucy!

leslie said...

Hi! Thanks for that really cute zombie jar card! I liked it enough to save it for next year and maybe I'll use it for another zombie jar! Thanks again Saucy!

Genevieve said...

This made me laugh, you're so tenacious- love it!

Can I scream? Because now I'm the one stirring up controversy. Just had this girl go off on me, she started a war of words after I gave a less than zealous opinion on someone elses blog.

I need a punching bag...

toadman said...

Watch this.. I'm gonna stir up controversy RIGHT NOW!!

witness:

So, Saucy, don't you just luurrve the US so much more today, than you did yesterday!?

toadman said...

also, more controversy:

I see you are participating in NaBloPoMo this month. Nice.

I think I'm going to declare to my wife (Angela) that December is NaBloJoMo. Do you think she'll go for it?

Rebekah said...

Of course you had signs. Of course you did.

I once got fired from a volunteer job after I outed a pyramid scheme the staff was involved in and perpetuating. That was pretty dramatic.

That Loopy's a lucky kid!

Lisa Milton said...

Oh, I love it!!

I was the only woman in a ministry program that was exclusively for men.

For a couple of years.

It was a strange, strange couple of years...

Saucy said...

Well I do think I lurrve big sister a little more even than I did yesterday (it was already lots) because most people - even Elizabeth Hasslebeck - seem to be ready to rally behind your new Commander in Chief, no matter how they voted. As it should be. Lurrve big sister to bits.

We also need to visit Marta at http://martawrites.blogspot.com because she took some heat for her post today. She needs some lurrve.

Oh, and Toadman: you might want to consider December as "foot rub month" NaBloFoRuMo because Angela is pretty smart and I don't think she would fall for much else.

Oliver Rain said...

Way to stand up for kindergartener rights. I bet you were that principal's favourite mom. You've already read about my latest rebel moment.

KAGS Herself said...

Good for you Saucy!
This post reminded me of how I found my voice when Daisy was in her Reception class too. I remember the text message I sent to a friend after my meeting with the head mistress: " I fought the law.....and I won!"

Just say Julie said...

Fabulous job! I played boys baseball in jr high. I made my best friedn play so I wouldn't be the only one. We actually had guys quit the team because they didn;t want to play with girls. Which was fine, cause we won the championship that year :)

Chris said...

I LOVE it. That's simply hilarious. I have to admit--the funniest part was seeing what Loopy wrote to herself. I cracked up!

Katie said...

Katie is not the hubbub type. Nope only calamities over here.

:)

Tamara Jansen said...

Oh that is just too funny! My big moment happened when I was just 14. I had just gotten my first job and racked up a bunch of overtime hours, cooking up taco meat and washing dishes at the local taco time. When I got my first check, I was surprised to see that I wasn't paid any over time pay. I decided that it's was wrong not to pay overtime so I went to speak to the manager.....next day I was given my walking papers :( Lesson learned!

Jo said...

Saucy, I loved this post, but most of all, I love love love your teapot with tea roses in! It is so pretty!
And congrats to Loopy on her Kumon achievements - those brooches are darling!

Jules said...

two scenes - both to do with me.
I had an English teacher in high school that I did not get along with (actually it wasn't until college that I got my first "A" in English - I always clashed with them for some reason). Anyhoo, this particular teacher required that every student donate at least $1.00 to her favorite charity. I rebelled. Stupid me, I thought charity was a voluntary thing. Apparently not in 11th grade English. So, eventually I had to give in because my grade was going to be affected. I did so by spilling 100 pennies on her desk.

The other little rebellion was also in highschool. We weren't allowed to wear shorts so I wore a skirt with bermudas underneath to make a silent statement about how skirts were more revealing that shorts. Hmmm, now that I think of it, I don't think one person in authority ever got it.

michelleb. said...

Look at that...I did come out of hiding, I was the 7th commentor.

I still think this was a great thing for you do. Once again, quick on your feet, where as, had it been me I probably wouldn't have noticed.

mblaise29@yahoo.com

Christine said...

"I love me." HAHA thats so cute! I think if anything the kids should have gotten a choice of whether or not they wanted flowers or books. What if the boys wanted flowers in their pictures? Good for you for letting them get books in their pictures!

Christine Bruce
crispy_crunch05@hotmail.com