Monday, June 11, 2007

Two school buses, ninety twelve year olds, three teachers and a partridge in a pear tree

My last field trip ever?
I went along with the grade 7's into Vancouver to spend a few hours at Science World. The last time I remember going on a field trip, was with Max's grade 5 class to Science World. And half an hour into the trip, I remembered why I don't like going on buses.

Holy cow, uptight bus drivers. This one, like the last one, pulled over (on the freeway) and "read the riot act" regarding his rules. And of them (no standing, no eating, etc) the one that he got all twisted up about was: students are to talk ONLY with the person in the seat beside them. NO talking across the aisles. NO talking to the person in front or behind them. He saw something in his rear view mirror ( a small camera? A piece of paper?) being passed across the aisle. And so he blew a gasket.

Time for someone to consider being a UPS delivery guy, I think.

Anyway, I was kinda nervous about going along on this field trip, mostly because I didn't know any of the other moms who were going. And I wasn't sure who I'd sit beside on the bus. Drew made it very clear that he was going to sit with his friends, far away from me. I wasn't supposed to talk to, or supervise him, or tell him to listen or behave.

He was embarassed with me.
And annoyed.

But I did get to know another mom. We visited all the way there and back, and she just sent me an e-mail a few minutes ago. In the end, I guess it balanced out - ticked off my son on the one hand, but might have made a new friend on the other.

One of the exhibits was called "Grossology"...

It was interesting.

No smile for his mom.
Three things I'm thankful for:
1. Two hours of weeding got finished before it began sprinkling. And while I was grunting in the garden, Max asked if he could get supper started.
2. The California Lilac right outside my kitchen window is in full bloom and it smells heavenly.
3. Medical technology.

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