Today, I entered a completely new arena for me. My first solo attempt at chaperoning a school field trip. We went to the Denver Children’s Museum, and may I say: I DID COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY AWESOME!?!?
And it wasn’t looking too good from the beginning. Declan’s teacher asked him to choose 3 kids from his class who would be his “buddies” for the day. Or more precisely – would be the kids I had to take care of for the day. Of course he chose Lily (whew) and then he chose two other friends who I didn’t know very well. One of whom is supposedly the complete bad-ass of the entire pre-K class.
Guess which one.
When Declan chose him – the kid got a 10 minute lecture from the teacher in front of everyone on why, how and when he needed to listen to me. I was completely shitting my pants.
But here’s the thing. Fifteen minutes with my son is enough to turn any child – no matter how much they misbehave normally – into the biggest dork who ever walked the face of the earth.
(In case you are wondering, they are wearing worm costumes.)
I should rent Declan out to teen shelters. “Are your kids in trouble with gangs and drugs? Spending time with Declan will increase your child’s nerd quotient dramatically… and possibly, maybe, even make them gay!”
Seriously though… the “bad” kid was awesome. I don’t know if it was my “newness,” or he was just having too much fun to misbehave, or the teacher’s lecture sunk in – or what… But he only flirted with getting out of hand one time and then I simply got down to his level and quietly spoke to him about calming down. I had to ask him to look at me a few times as we were talking, so I don’t know what goes on at home (and frankly I don’t really want to think about it)… and also you should have seen the look on his face when I kept complimenting him for his good listening and good behavior. Either I caught him on a good day or we just had a good mesh of styles… but when I left, he ran up and gave me a big hug goodbye.
I told you I kicked ass.