I wanted to chaperon because I wanted to be there with him, I wanted to see him having fun with his friends, not because I didn't think he was not going to be okay. I knew he was ready. He is a big boy after all. I spoke to the teacher and told her that I wanted to participate and she was thrilled to have an "extra pair of hands" like she put it. She told me that I would be with Ralphy and one other child. There were seven kids in our group.
I started getting a little nervous because hello this was Ralphy's first field trip and I didn't know how he was going to handle all of the walking and well if you have ever chaperoned any of your kid's field trips, you know that kids get separated and you have to watch them carefully, very, very carefully.
Well, I am proud to announce that Ralphy was great. He held my hand the whole time, listen to the teacher and her instructions, he didn't complain he was tired, not even once. He didn't even ask me to carry him, which I was totally shocked by. I was so proud of him.
I will be chaperoning whenever possible. Hubby and I made a deal that we would alternate so that we could both enjoy these moments with him. I will never forget the look on Ralphy's face when he realized that I was going with him. It was priceless.
Do you remember your first chaperoning experience? Do you Chaperon? Please share your thoughts.