Tuesday, July 01, 2008

What do you think when I say "Junior League"?

I've been trying to find ways to get involved and plugged into a new network of friends and neighbors here in Plano. The church hasn't been as socially open as I had hoped, or at least as much as our last church was.

And, although we met our neighbors at a block party a few weeks ago and they are all very nice, everyone stays very isolated to their little McMansion on the block. There isn't a whole lot of walking across the street and popping in to say hello.

We signed up for a yoga class at the rec center, but we got kicked out (another lovely aspect of being pregnant).

So, I got thinking about other ways that I could get invovled and meet some new people. I'm still pondering whether to audition next month for the Plano Civic Chorus. I love to sing and the new church doesn't have a choir, so this might be my only chance. I have to admit that I'm a little intimidated by the audition process, though. I had to audition for the choir at my last church, but that was almost two years ago. And before that, I had a private vocal instructor to help me prepare for auditions and such. I don't have a piano and no one to help me prepare for the audition. So, yeah. I'm not sure.

Then today, I was reading our local magazine, the Plano Profile, at lunchtime and came across an advertisement for The Junior League of Plano. And, in theory, I think it's a really good idea (directly from their advertisement): "The Junior League of Plano is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable."

Sounds good, right? Yeah, I agree.

Except in the back of my mind is this image of 'ladies who lunch'. Women who stay and home and nothing better to do than to garden and prepare immaculate menus and argue over the best private pre-kindergarden academy for little junior. Is this twisted? Anyone have perspective? What do you think of when you hear "Junior League"?

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