Dylan’s grandfather (her Zaydie) agreed to come into Manhattan this week to be one of the chaperones on her class trip to the aquarium.
So he drove 3 hours into the city and then spent an hour and half on a bus with 20 kids getting to Coney Island in Brooklyn. I knew this trip would be all glamour.
The aquarium is only 16 miles from the West Village. I can’t really fathom how it took an hour and a half.
Before Zaydie got on the bus, I said to him, “Now you’ll be in charge of Dylan and one of her classmates. If you have to lose a kid, just make sure it’s not Dylan. Lose the other one.”
And then I learned that Dylan was partnered with one of her best friends, Ella, whose mom is a very good friend of mine. So I had to revise my earlier directions.
“Ok, so it turns out, you can’t lose Ella either. You’ll have to come back with both of them.”
Which he did. You should totally hire him to be your next chaperone.
I figured they’d bring me and Summer back something really fancy from the Aquarium gift shop like a pencil in the shape of a tilapia or edible candy turtles or some fresh sushi. But all we got were these cute photos…
I kind of wish Zaydie had worn a pink silk scarf like my dad did recently but you know, a collared shirt is nice too.
Summer kept looking at the photos and asking, “Where am I?”
And I tried to explain that she didn’t get to go on the trip because it was just for Dylan’s school.
And she pointed to the picture of Zaydie and Dylan and said, “But I want to be there.”
I can’t even believe Dylan is old enough to go on a field trip alone and now her little sister wants in?
But honey, the trip is over. Next time, I promise you’ll get to spend an hour and a half on a bus to Coney Island too. By the way, it only took an hour for them to get back. Either a different route or maybe there was a stronger tailwind on the return trip.
PS Can you believe I wrote an entire post about a trip I didn’t even go on? Remember that the next time you are doubting my talent.
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