Call me selfish, but school to me is all about the field trips. More precisely: It’s all about me going on field trips.
I tell people I go on my kids’ field trips, because my mother never did and I want my kids to be able to remember those experiences. That’s only a half-truth. Yes, my mother rarely went on field trips and I wish she’d gone on more. But the whole truth is that when my kids come home with a flyer about one, I wave it in the air and say: “Oh boy oh boy a field trip!” every single time. The other truth is: My kids would rather I not go. In fact, my daughter’s exact words before the last one were: “Do you have to come to every single one?”
Then, in case her sister hadn’t gotten through my thick skull, the other daughter felt it necessary to reinforce the message:
“Really Mommy. Other kids’ mothers never come but you’re always there… always... ”
Other parents have begun to recognize the pattern. When we were at Meet-the-Teachers the other day, as the group of fifth grade teachers finished addressing all the parents and asked if there were any questions, all eyes turned to me I assume, for the same “field trip question”, I’d asked at every Meet-the-Teachers to date. I didn’t disappoint:
“Hi, I’m Lori Shandle-Fox. I’m (pick a triplet’s name) mother: Where are the field trips to this year?” (I never yell out: “Mother of the Fox Triplets.” I don’t want everyone to get distracted by the whole “triplet” thing and ignore my vital field trip question.)
In third grade, much to my dismay, the teacher answered:
“We haven’t found any field trips that blended well with our curriculum so there haven’t been any.” I smiled and said:
“Oh okay. Thanks.”
It might have been disruptive to the meeting had I blurted out:
“This grade is gonna suck!” while sniffling back tears.
By the way… Meet-the-Teachers? That’s all about me too. Not only are my kids meeting their teachers, but they’re also finding out which kids are in their classes… In other words: I’m finding out if my girlfriends have kids in their classes. In other words: I’m finding out which of my buddies I might convince to come along and do the buddy system with me on the field trips.
(Thanks a lot for stopping by! If you’d like more laughs at your kids’ expense (and to show support to this triplet family) please check out my latest fun, fast-reading eBook written especially for parents at this time of year: “Laughing IS Conceivable: From End of School to Back-to-School” by clicking the book cover icon above or visiting the home page: http://laughingisconceivable.com)