Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Wordful Wednesday- Kindergarten Field Trip

So, last Thursday I got the wonderful opportunity to accompany my son Jordan to his Kindergarten end of the year field trip. We all piled onto the school bus and headed for the vineyard country 35 miles southwest of Portland, Oregon to a little gem called Camp Tilicum. I was the chaperon for my son and one of his school mates. While we were there we made our way around the lake to 5 different activity zones.

1. Rope walk/climbing wall, where the kids got to face their fears of heights and believing in themselves to make it across the rope walk.
2. 3/4 mile hike, which of course turned into a 3/4 mile sprint because the kids knew that the fishing station and lunch were waiting at the end of the trail.
3. Fishing, where Jordan was one of 8 kids who actually caught a fish. He caught two, (plus a salamander) which absolutely made his day so bright.
4. Canoeing around the lake, which was interesting as I tried to paddle and keep 3 eager and inquisitive boys from moving too much so we wouldn't have to go swimming. (56 degree spring run off water would not be my idea of fun.)
5. Finally, we attended an old one room school house for some learning. The kids all sat in the old style school desks for a spelling bee & an energized discussion about beavers. Then, outside on the muddy lawn, they played a game of boys against girls tug-of-war. Needless to say, we had a nice long bus ride ahead in muddy clothes.

For me it was a day to put all my struggles aside and just enjoy and engage those moments in time with my son who is such a special loving little boy. At the end of the day he hugged me and said
"Thanks Dad, for coming with me."
Then he drifted off to sleep against my shoulder on the bus ride home. I sat with tears in my eyes and whispered thankfully back to him.
" No, thank YOU, buddy."

Keep On Rock'in In The Free World


Sneaky Momma said...

Looks like you guys had fun!
I love the way you have decorated your blog. Awesome!

Deb said...

oh tony... again, that awesome softer side of our tough buddy. sounds like an amazing day with your sweet little man.

angie said...

Sounds........magical. I'm so glad you were able to spend such a day with your son.