M Bug has his first field trip today! I am SO excited for him. He was up at 5:23 AM this morning and he was READY to go go go!!
My first memory of a field trip was in the first grade when we went to a pumpkin patch in a farmer's field that now contains a HUGE strip mall but at the time it was still a giant field like so much of San Jose was back then. I remember being so over the moon about getting out of the drudgery of school work in the class room, to be able to run free, in a pumpkin patch no less! YAY!!
The field was beside a large four lane road but the pumpkin patch in my memory seemed to be a million miles away from that road. I know it was not. I remember picking out a small pumpkin to take home and loving every moment of this trip. I remember lining up and being assigned a chaperone (my mom!) and learning about pumpkins and how they grow and farms and just how cool it was to be in a pumpkin patch during school hours! We rode the bus, a rare treat for me, because my house was literally across the street from our school at the time. I walked to school every day so a bus seemed like the ultimate luxury!
My mom was one of the chaperone's. I thought she was cool for doing that back then. I also think this might have been one of last acts of parenthood where she really cared to be a part of "it" all. Or at least that is what I felt and remember from my six year old memories. 31 years of life can some times skew the facts however.
I cannot wait to hear the field trip report. K went as a chaperone. M Bug had his lunch packed in a brown paper sack. He was beaming when we all left this morning. I hope he remembers his first field trip with as much fondness as I do!