They say the squeaky wheel gets oiled, and while that may be true, I do know this - the silent wheel gets nothing... except for maybe some bitterness and resentment. I've learned this firsthand on a daily basis, throughout my life, because I'm not always one to speak up and ask for what I want or for that matter, what is rightfully mine. It's a frustrating way to go through life, because nobody is going to stand up for your rights other than yourself.
A recent event really brought this to light. At the Christmas performance one of the parents recorded the show on video. For the record, he did a really nice job. The only problem I had was that he then posted it on YouTube. My first thought was, "Whoa, I'm not sure I'm so into that."
I wrestled with this one, and wasn't sure what to do. I could have just kept my mouth shut and left it at that. Finally, I spoke up and said I wasn't so keen on having all of our kids on YouTube along with the name of the town we live in. I felt bad because they are really cool parents. Either way, as soon as I opened the floodgates, other parents chimed in and said they agreed. I was worried someone was going to tell me to lighten up.
The parent in question ended up removing the video, and I'm glad I said something. Somehow, when it comes to your kids, you have to make a stink when something doesn't seem right, especially when it involves the Web.
Until the next time, thanks for reading, and thanks to Colin Brough for the pic.