When my children were young, I went on some of their school field trips. What parent doesn't, if it's at all possible? I actually figured my days of field trips were over since both of my boys are grown now. However, this past week, my husband and I agreed to babysit our grandchildren. His daughter is on a field trip of her own, that is she has taken anthropology students to Jamaica. On Friday a last minute opportunity came up to go on the kindergarten field trip to the zoo with my granddaughter, and I went.
As we pulled into the parking lot to unload, I counted no less than forty-eight buses either already parked or ahead of us waiting to unload the many students, teachers, and chaperones. Add to that there were buses behind us in the queue. It was crowded, but the zoo experience with kindergardners was still grand! There is nothing like watching young kids seeing animals that they've only ever heard about or seen in pictures. Or watching kids getting up close and personal with sharks they can carefully pet. We saw the requisite lions and tigers and bears, oh my! And we saw many more animals besides.
Since it was so last minute, I didn't even consider packing a lunch for myself. My granddaughter had her lunch, and I was treated to a school box lunch, which was surprisingly good, not to mention, nutritious. Included within was an apple, string cheese, juice, chocolate milk, graham crackers, and a sandwich--a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It may sound odd, but I have to admit, I actually ate, for the first time ever, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich! While my kids growing up asked for and ate them and my husband frequently makes them for himself, I have always resisted eating them. I am what is known as a "picky eater" (I prefer the term "discriminating eater" myself) and I didn't want to ruin the taste of plain peanut butter with jelly or vice versa. I have to further admit, that I really liked the taste of the PB and J sandwich.
So, like many of the kids that day, I discovered something new. You can never be too old to try something new, and I can't wait for my next field trip!
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