Chaperoning a field trip and going without air conditioning

In July of last year, our daughter’s second grade class took a field trip to a historical fort and battleground, she asked myself and others to chaperone the trip.

I thought this would be a great way to spend some extra time with our child and get to know her friends a little better.

I will never make that mistake again. I expected the university to charter a bus for transferation. I envisioned a single of those comfortable buses that includes television screens, bathrooms and air conditioning. Instead, all of us rode on a university bus for nearly more than three hours. That bus had to be at least fifty years old, and the shocks were absolutely worn out, however for safety reasons, the windows only opened a tiny crack and yet there were no seatbelts. There was also no air conditioning and the inside of that bus felt care about an oven. The outside temperature was up to 85 degrees by 7 in the afternoon with high humidity, but by the time all of us arrived at the historical fort, I had a severe headache and was drenched in sweat. I quickly realized that honestly few areas of the fort offer air conditioning or even shade. I encouraged our group to spend a great deal of time in the air conditioned gift shop. Every one of us then moved onto the air conditioned cafeteria. Every one of us hurried through the tour of the battleground and since the girls were drinking so much water, all of us made countless trips to the bathrooms, then after a honestly long day in the heat, all of us then needed to get back on the bus for more than three more hours without air conditioning or even a great breeze. I couldn’t wait to get home, turn down the control unit and pour myself a chilled glass of wine.

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