I have one day to prepare. I need more.
It’s the annual second grade field trip to the shore. The Jersey shore. With sand. And heat. And the ocean.
And a nearly two-hour bus ride with 40 students. Oh joy. Oh rapture.
Now, let’s be clear – I love my job, I love my students, I love exposing them to new information, yadda yadda. But I do. not. love. the. beach.
I know – that’s tantamount to heresy. Everyone loves the ocean – so soothing, so relaxing, so HOT, so SANDY.
To be fair, no bathing suits are required. To be fair, I understand it’s a well-organized trip, full of hands-on activities. To be fair, we’ll have plenty of chaperones to keep things in check. All good. And I know when it’s over, and I’m sunburned and exhausted and mentally spent, I’ll be glad to have had the experience. And to give that experience to my kids.