Wednesday, May 21, 2008

School Trip

I’m just in from dropping wee S at school for his ‘end of the year’ school trip to the Science Centre. It was all he could talk about last night and then again first thing this morning when he got up - thirty minutes too early! I even dreamt about the school trip last night and found myself flying through the sky, panic stricken and desperately trying to deliver a lunch box in time before the ferry left with the bus full of children onboard. Wee S is on that ferry right now as l type this post. In the dream wee S became an amalgamation of all of my children. It was so important that he/they did not feel different of left out. I think as parents we have so many emotions for our kids just under the surface – worries that we are not always aware of.
When S and l arrived at the school the massive bus sat patiently waiting outside the gates – oblivious to the fact that it had just delivered the final adrenalin boost. If these kids had been ‘so so’ about the trip they certainly weren’t once they had seen the coach. As we neared the class S joined in with the rumble of children that could hardly contain themselves. Amidst this uproar, past bouncing heads and jingling pockets the teacher looked frazzled – busy sending one group after the other to the toilets and checking that all had a lunch packed with relevant name tags.
I used to love going on the school trip and have a mix of memories about those days out. I remember singing songs like… ‘Oh you canny shove your granny aff the bus” and ‘She’ll be coming round the mountain’. I remember the wee tuck shops at the end where you could buy novelties like bendy pencils, plastic finger monsters or reflective postcards. Once l spent my whole 50p on a plant from my mum- she still remembers. I must have loved plants even then!




SANDWICHED

I imagine my Granny being shoved off the bus
as streamers flit by the window from three seats forward
Wee Willie’s been taken down the front again
I can see him in the mirror looking green

His knuckles clamping the plastic poke on his lap
As Mrs. D and Mr. G talk above his head
And occasionally with the bus driver
Who looks just as uncomfortable as Willie

Big Tam’s still kicking my seat from behind
So l’m glad when the next song starts up and l make sure
He hears me sing, for the ‘Front’ of the bus!
He thumps my seat even more when it’s his round

Teacher calls lunch break and hands out boxes
I cautiously pry open the lid but enough gas escapes
In that short peek to blow my cover
I don’t even notice Tam thumping my seat

A whiff of pong floats above my head in the sudden silence
Kids start to gag and I don't feel hungry anymore
That is, until someone shouts out that Tam’s mum
Has packed eggy sandwiches too!

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This past month on slideshow below.
Take care all.

23 comments:

PEA said...

Hello dear Horizon:-)

Oh yes, I also remember going on school field trips and how much fun we'd have. Now that I'm older, I really pity what we put the poor teachers through! lol I do home S had a greatttt time at the Science Center!! What a cute little song...I'm still giggling at the thought of shoving grandma off the bus! lol

From the photos in your slideshow, I can see what a busy month it's been for you! Life certainly tends to get so busy at times. I'm so glad you got to visit your kids, they look like they're really doing well.

Hopefully you can have some relaxing days now...if I know you, though, you're still not sitting down much! lol xoxo

Snow White said...

love it sis.
xx
shona

Lorraine said...

Oh, my, and do you want to know something? I very often had eggy sandwiches for my field trip lunches as well. (Loved 'em, although I do shudder a bit to think of it, what with the whole sitting-at-room-temperature-for-hours thing. Those nifty little freezer packs hadn't been invented yet.

The photos are oh, so dear. Wee S is looking less and less wee all the time!

Suburbia said...

That is so funny! We were talking about singing songs on the bus at work yesterday. One of my colegues is a jordie and had a great song about a pigeon! It was only rude if you didn't start the next verse quick enough!!!

I found you over at Misskris's!

Pearl said...

Oh my goodness I am going to be singing "Oh you canny shove your granny aff the bus" all day!!
It is a toe tapper...lol

Love your slideshow. You have such a nice looking family.

Hope you are doing well.
Hugs,

Kerri said...

I caught up with your posts this morning, but didn't have time to comment...but now I'm back!
I so enjoy these little glimpses of your life. It's like a newsy e-mail with illustrations :)
Field trips with the elementary kids are such fun, and their enthusiasm is a joy to witness.
I'll bet S had a ball!
Ross and I enjoyed the 'bus trip' complete with music (chuckled about that)..the stick in your head all day kind, thank you very much! Luckily I went to choir practice and sang patriotic songs for our July concert.
Glad you got to spend some time with the city kids too. They're looking so grown up :)
Happy birthday to your dear hubby!

Merle said...

Dear Sarah ~~ Happy Anniversary to you and G. I hope you have a wonderful day and celebration.
Love and best wishes, Merle.

Betty said...

Sarah,
I miss you! Please just a word...
I do hope all is well with you and your family.....Betty

drNO said...

ur slideshow is very nice.
watching it make me missed UK. hope i could go there once again for holiday...:)

HLiza said...

Just wondering what had happened to you..wish everything is fine. Kind a miss you..

smileymamaT said...

Hello there, been trying to find your blog for the longest time, could not look at my archives as I had to delete all my old posts!! Finally found it by googling my own name for comments!!! But wondering if you are still online anymore, no new posts, everything OK or just busy nowadays? Take care!
T

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