It was time for my weekly Mom Life Lesson, but I was away chaperoning the 8th Grade class trip to Washington DC. Quite an adventure. Thirty-six straight hours of 8th graders, walking, and food court meals. But, oh, the memories. And yes, I did learn a few things.
- It’s important to be flexible and I don’t mean the ability to do a backbend. The trip is going to get behind schedule and there will be nothing you can do about sitting at an ice cream social at 10 p.m. after you spent the day walking 100 miles around DC. Okay, I don’t know how many miles we really walked, but let me tell you what, 100 is a safe number. Just find coffee and tea for you and the other chaperones while you wait for the sugar high to wear off and permission to go to your rooms.
- Bring snacks for the bus ride because all your meals will be at a food court and you’re only going to get 20 minutes to eat lunch. Have you ever seen 13 and 14 year-old boys eat? Just saying.
- You must know how to count. You will be spending the whole time looking around for your group making sure everyone stays together. But be careful. Sometimes you count the wrong head.
- Use the restroom before you get on the bus. I’ll say no more on that.
- It is imperative you share a hotel room for the overnight stay with someone you like. (This is for the chaperones.) You are going to need to laugh so hard you almost pee your pants. It’s the best stress reliever. (Sorry, I can’t share with you what we were laughing about. I need to show you my visual aid otherwise it’s not funny. I’m just glad we weren’t on the bus while this much laughter ensued.)
- Laugh (Have I said this already?)
- Make memories
- Enjoy the trip; one day your Noodge won’t be a 13 year-old boy you can follow around Washington DC, but a senior in high school getting ready to pack his bags for college, or a grown man living half way around the world. But because you were brave enough to be a chaperone, you’ll have the memories and the moments tucked away with all your pictures that you can pull out whenever you need to visit. And then you’ll think…was I out of my mind to chaperone that trip? Just kidding.