Today is the final day of April, which means it is also the final day of the Blogging From A to Z Challenge. Unlike last year, I managed to go 26-for-26 in 2016! (pause for applause) I shall finish up the challenge by discussing my trip to the zoo.
Last week, the Cutlet’s kindergarten class took a field trip to the Washington DC National Zoo, and they asked for parent volunteers. Wanting to spend some extra time with my daughter, I volunteered, although I didn’t realize what I was actually signing up for.
I figured the entire class would travel together on a pre-determined schedule, and I’d just be along to lend a helping hand and keep track of the kids. Instead, each parent was assigned two children – my daughter and another student – and we were pretty much on our own.
My first thought was, “So I’m singlehandedly responsible for the well-being of a child I’ve never met?” My second thought was, “What if this kid is a prick?” Fortunately, Aaron was not a prick. He listened well, and he and the Cutlet got along nicely.
We were supposed to pair with another parent, but when we got off the bus, there were so many children there, (apparently it was a very popular day for school field trips) that we got separated from most of the others. Undaunted, we headed off to see the animals.
We didn’t have enough time to see everything, but we hit the key areas: The giant pandas, the ape house, the small mammal house (the kids were really excited to see the naked mole rats), and the cheetahs. The kids were pleased to learn that they would serve as a suitable meal for a cheetah.
I may have broken the rules a little. We were specifically told not to buy the kids anything, but they were behaving well, so I splurged on some ice cream. I know, I’m a real rebel. At least, unlike some of the parents, I was able to get us back to the bus on time.
All in all, it was an excellent day. I got to skip work and spend some quality time with my daughter. What more could I ask for?
This post has been part of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. In case you couldn’t tell, today’s letter was Z and the topic was “Zoo.”