Returning to the reality and all it entails is not always the most desirable choice. But nonetheless, it's what helps pay the bills and it's what must be done.
Good think I love my job so much. Truly & honestly. I may not always like the politics or the behaviors or the antics of some things it entails, but when it comes down to it ----- I really love what I do. There is nothing that makes me feel better than when a student realizes they CAN do it!
So I've returned from senior trip #13! Wow. I am humbled that the kids still line up to sign up. I'm amazed that this crazy, hair brained idea that came from an email in 2002 led to our 1st trip in 2003 and is still going strong! I love when the new chaperones who go on this trip and experience it, see what it means to the seniors.
That's some good stuff.
Our trip began last Friday morning with a bus ride to the airport an hour away with 37 seniors and 4 chaperones. We were in Orlando by 3 and at the Grad Nite event at Busch Gardens in Tampa by 7:30pm.
Lots of screams and lots of laughs until we had no voices left, that is what the 4 chaperones did at least. Not sure of the kids.
Still going strong at 12:45am......
We left the park at 2am & headed back to Orlando for a few hours sleep.
Saturday was a full day at SeaWorld - more rides, more screaming, but actually a beautiful day with lots of memories made!
Sunday - MY day. The BEST day, in my opinion, when I get to do this...
Sit on the beach and chaperone! Yeah baby! Now we're talking. It didn't take the other chaperone's long to figure out why I end the trip with this day. The kids are so sunburned and waterlogged by the end of the day - they are barely able to function.
Yes, there IS a method to my madness! Not my 1st rodeo people, giddy-up!
So I would like you to meet 37 of my newest, closest friends. Every year is different. Every class is different. But by the end of the trip I've gotten closer to those I already knew and I've made connections with those I didn't know so well.
This is what it is all about. Making memories for these kids that will last a lifetime. Rewarding them with this trip to celebrate 13 years of hard work.
Did I tell you how much I really love my job??And today ---- back in the trenches, back to the routine, back to "normal" - whatever that may be!
"I began to realize how important it was to be enthusiastic in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, GO at it full speed! Embrace it with both arms, Hug it, love it, & above all become passionate about it! Lukewarm is no good!!" Roald Dahl