May. 31st, 2011

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The kids started a little neighborhood camp this morning, and one of the organizers is a woman of my acquaintance from elsewhere. It had been my experience that she was perfectly friendly, but always late, and I didn't have an opinion of her one way or the other.

I think she's Sybil.

Seriously, she's all bared-teeth smiles and sweet baby voice to adults one second, and then when the kids do something she doesn't like (no, not my kids) she's Joan Crawford, scary voice and bulging eyes and all that. I'm unaccustomed to seeing an adult screech at kids anyway, but particularly at other people's kids, and right in front of a bunch of people. She's not even going psycho just for the kids; it's right out there in the open, and no other adults even seemed to react.

Interestingly, neither do the kids. They all seemed totally unfazed, like they were just going to nod and smile and promise not to use wire hangers and then go right back to doing what they were doing. It would have bothered me more if the kids had seemed remotely cowed, but they don't. I even saw some rolled eyes among the fourth-grade set. I kind of wanted to give them a thumbs-up.

I'm supposed to work there tomorrow and Thursday--Sybil kind of tricked me into two days instead of one--and I'm curious if my impression of her will be improved at all.

But I can tell you that if she uses that voice on one of my kids or one of "my" kids (who don't belong to me, but I consider under my jurisdiction) and they're upset by it, she ain't going to be the only one who can spin her head around and spit pea soup.

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