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If School Doesn’t End Soon, I Might Die

It’s May, ya’ll and I am so done. I want to be done with homework, done with parties, and most of all, I want to be done with Field Trips. I just bought enough Lunchables to make it from now until I go to the grocery store again, because if I have to come up with one more nutritious but still delicious lunch, I might die.

Okay, fine. Not die, but I will flop on my couch in the most dramatic way imaginable and exclaim my hatred for all things cold cut. It’s happening.

Today, my daughter came home with a note full of information for her fifth field trip of the school year. In addition, she got chosen for competition choir (get it, girl!) and that means a trip to some amusement park whose slogan reads “the most complete picnic location.” What does that even mean? What is a complete picnic? Is that like when you get to a picnic, but then find out there is no potato salad, and just LOSE YOUR SHIZ because the picnic isn’t complete? So they solved it, by creating a complete picnic location?

That place better have potato salad or I am going to start flipping tables.

flipping tables

Just kidding. I don’t even like potato salad.

But seriously, what is the deal with all these field trips? Each and every one needs a whole gaggle of chaperones, and being the overprotective helicopter parent that I am, I get all stressed out if my kid doesn’t bring at least one parent with her. But I am not going to lie, when we got notice for the last field trip, which by the way was a day at the lake fishing and hiking… we totally rock paper scissor’d to decide who had to go.

ROCK PAPER SCISSORS

In case you’re wondering, I went with dynamite. Because no way was I going to spend a day at the lake with a bunch of fifth graders. I don’t even want to go to the lake by myself.

I kid you not, while I was writing this post, I got an email from her teacher telling me there will be six more field trips between now and the end of school. I mean, look I get it– now that the standardized test is over for the year, teachers have kind of checked out, but SIX FIELD TRIPS? Not to mention field day, and an end of the year party that lasts all day outside that I, as the homeroom mom am expected to plan.

I emailed back, trying to come up with something to say, but I have no words. All I could do was send the teacher this picture of a deflated duck.

deflated duck

Because that’s how I feel y’all. I am that deflated duck. That deflated duck is me.

All I want to do is sleep in, spend the day swimming with my kid and listening to Taylor Swift songs on the radio, but instead we will be heading to the world’s most complete picnic location, catching fish with a bunch of kids, or on a non-air-conditioned, sticky pleathered seat bus to an art museum.

Seriously. I might be the most uncultured person on the planet, because I am pretty sure my own personal hell is taking a class of fifth graders to a modern art museum.

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L

Wednesday 1st of May 2019

I can see the message at the end of summer, I can’t wait for summer to be over and they are back at school. Lol

Jamie

Wednesday 1st of May 2019

haha I never say that though. I actually write about how I don't want school to come back!

Heather

Tuesday 3rd of May 2016

Sadly, I too, am a deflated duck. Seems like every year my kids drag me across the finish line. Apparently, I stopped giving a flying duck around spring break. (Lol! Sorry, couldn't resist!!)

Krista

Friday 15th of April 2016

Maybe be happy they are experiencing hands on learning instead of all the testing we all complain about. As a teacher- we aim for field trips, the kids love them. Isn't that the point, not how much work it is for parents..ever think about how much work it is for the teacher to organize? As a mom-of course you miss your kids and want to spend time with them...but seriously..be thankful for the opportunities they have to get out and learn..we have all summer, let the spring be filled with field trips and quit complaining

Kidton

Thursday 14th of April 2016

Yep Understand. Me too in the same situation and can't wait for the Summer fun to begin.

Angs Mom

Thursday 14th of April 2016

Yeah well at least your kids get to go on field trips. Most schools in our district don't do them anymore because of liability issues in the past. I've personally been trying to bring them back with the help of some great teachers. After 3 years I've almost resigned myself to it never happening.