So off we go 53 kids in tow, to the middle of nowhere to look for bugs and walk lots. I very much doubt I will sleep very much tonight and as for that bath well…
I’ve always been a sucker, had a weakness for a boy with a guitar and a drink in his hand.
—Pink - one that got away
Its not something you take, its given
—Rihanna - Stay
So this Tuesday I am embarking on my first ever residential school trip as a responsible supervising adult. Now I must say I absolutely enjoy my job working in a school and I honestly wouldn’t want to work anywhere else. However playing parent to 60, 9 and 10 year olds for 4 days and 3 nights is rather daunting.
My colleagues have been very kind to me and put me in the building with the least amount of children to monitor through the night and have (apparently) given me the room with the beautiful en-suite bathroom although the chance of me enjoying a nice bubbly candlelit bath with a glass of wine and a magazine is probably NIL. (I will be updating on this bathroom).
The place I am visiting with the children is quite famous as a painter called John Constable once lived there painted the buildings and surrounding countryside in his paintings (Yes I am just pretending I’m interested).
Now I was thinking as a teacher what do I take with me on a school trip?
First there is the obvious - toiletries, underwear, phone etc. but what about when a child wakes me up in the night and I’m in my PJ’s? So i’ll need a conservative jumper or dressing gown to just cover up (and I’m going to have to wear trousers to bed which I hate because they are just so uncomfortable and end up all twisted round my legs). Ok so then there’s first aid I’m sure my school will provide this but you can never be too prepared, its good to have some plasters handy.
I am going to also need lots of energy drink as being kept up by giggling children all night, then getting up at half 6 odd and being busy outside all day means I’m going to need some help staying awake. I also need to take my patients and my sympathy for homesick children that can’t stand being away from their mummies and daddies for more than one night! (the tone I took there was sarcastic but also rather hypocritical as, yes, I cried on my first school trip). I will most probably be taking the macho ‘man up’ approach if any children especially boys are being wimpy. You got to teach them to have hard skin otherwise they will get nowhere in life.
So here I am a little bit too excited that I have just paid my final installment for the first part of my journey this summer - America.
I will be travelling with a company called Trek America from LA all the way to New York in 21 days!
I’m not quite sure which part of my road trip I am looking forward to the most, possibly dressing up like a celebrity and spending all my money in Vegas (although this is early on in my trip so if this does happen I’ll be well and truly screwed), maybe its the stars homes tour in LA on which I plan to stand outside Orlando Blooms house serenading him until he is forced to either give in and realise his undying and unconditional love for me or issue a restraining order against me OR it could be my first glimpse of the wonder that is the Grand Canyon (I have heard it is supercallifraglisticexpeallidoshous to say the least) I just don’t know.
I will be making every effort to track down and stalk, my fellow road trippers as I believe these people will come to be a close family during my trip and a little check to see if we have some similar interests, I am sure, can do no harm (Ok yes I am just nosy).
I’ve done my research - all questions I had have been answered now I have to play the waiting game. How can I make 3 months 23 days and 15 hours go quickly?