I had the pleasure of chaperoning Maia's third grade field trip today. We went to a really cool place with a really uncool name: Blob's Park. It is also known as Green Meadows Farm, a name far more appropriate for such a pleasant place.
The massive meadow is divided into four sections: Africa, Native Americans, Animals of the Lands, and Cowboys. Each station delivered a 20-45 minute educational and entertaining program. The weather was absolutely perfect and we enjoyed sitting out in the sun learning about lands and cultures.
I was in charge of Maia, her two best school friends, Eli and Rebecca, and a classmate named Bethany. After enjoying all the mini-shows, the four of us enjoyed our picnic lunches together in the middle of the big gorgeous field. Maia and I had our Tastykake cupcakes; it's a tradition. When I was a schoolgirl going on a field trip, my mother used to pack the biggest lunch imaginable and it always included Tastykakes. Now I do the same thing with my kids. Maia couldn't wait to eat today because she knew she'd have "those special treats grandma bought you when you went on field trips." To be perfectly honest, I, too, was anxiously awaiting lunch; those cream-filled butter cream icing cupcakes are like little bites of heaven!
The best part of the whole experience is just that I got to go. My status as a chaperon was on-and-off-again. My sweet daughter was just so excited for me to go with her on a field trip and spend a day with her and her friends. I was delighted to have this special time and make some fun memories. Together, we reported back to the family all the fun new facts we learned today. I guess you're just never too old to enjoy a good field trip.