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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,Β  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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43 Responses to i didn’t even know new york city had an aquarium

  • E says:

    First of all, Zaydie looks younger than some dads I know. Second, it took us about half that long to the aquarium from Jersey! And now I am going to plug Bronx Zoo membership–it is the best money I ever spent b/c you get the aquarium included and like 4 other zoos including Central Park.

  • stoneskin says:

    Hmm, I love the thought of crunching down on some edible candy turtles.

    From what I can remember school trips always took ages no matter how close the destination was!

  • Jennifer H says:

    You could probably sell those photos in the gift shop. Okay, maybe not, but they are pretty darn cute.

    Is Zaydie available for field trips in Indiana?

  • Abby Siegel says:

    I’m so impressed with Rick’s dad. I can’t even picture Bud going on one of Murray’s field trips, let alone volunteering to do it! Maybe he’ll surprise us all someday, but highly unlikely!

  • kristen says:

    i love the coney island aquarium. we spent a lot of time there when we lived in brooklyn heights, it was an easy drive and it was a destination during the cold winter months. never mind the dripping cold water or freezing temps….it was fun!

    i love summer wondering where she was in the photo, heehee.

  • Diane says:

    Yes, you are an inspiration to the writer in us all! Field trips in NYC are fantastic, despite transportation woes. I grew up in Tacoma, WA and recall going to the Safeway bakery and a metal foundry. What cosmopolitan offerings! And a sunny day. Can’t beat that!

  • Bitsy says:

    Who’s doubting your talent? Let me at ’em! My father-in-law can’t go on field trips with my kids because he’s too busy going on field trips with his kids.

  • Marinka says:

    How come there are no pictures of the fish? This sounds like a huge scam to me. I think he just took the girls to Central Park. Or to a bar.

  • Zaydie says:

    Thanks for the props. Dylan and Ella seemed to have fun, but not as much as I did. Tell Summer I owe her one.

  • Sandrine says:

    Tengo was there too with his school yesterday, I wish I could have make it and see the girls…all these things you haven’t seen in NYC yet maybe you should stay a little bit longer 15 years not long enough…

  • Imp’s Montessori goes on field trips. Can you imagine having to wrangle ten 3 y/o’s? But they do it four or five times a year. I went when they went to an exotic wildlife park nearby and they were all so well behaved. Even mine!

    I love the pics of the two girls. The smiles are just incredible.

    And Zaydie…not only is he a brave chaperone, but a quite handsome one too. Hey Becky, save me a seat in hell, would ya?

  • Julie says:

    I feel so famous with my daughter’s picture on the blog. We lucked out getting such a great chaperone. Cute pictures. Oh, and thanks for putting the kibosh on allowing Zaydie to lose Ella. I appreciate that!

  • kelsey says:

    I really can’t call him Zaydie but I guess I can’t call him his real name either????
    Can I or not?
    I’ll just say, wow, Rick’s dad and Dylan really resemble each other. And, I suppose, that’s a really fascinating observation on my part considering they are related.

    My dad took Leila to the Aquarium when he was in town (which, if you’re an aquarium lover really isn’t a very good aquarium so RICK’s DAD should take Summer to the Philadelphia aquarium. It is super fantastic!).

    And she fell asleep on his lap on a bench on the boardwalk – an image I love to conjure up in my head.

  • mayberry says:

    I got my arm twisted into going to a zoo 45 min away with my kid’s entire school next week. I would really rather hire Zaydie to go instead. Z: Call me!

  • Madge says:

    writing an entire post about a field trip you did not go on? brilliant? managing to get out of the field trip? indescribably genius…

  • Suzie says:

    Wow! Rick looks just like his dad (lucky him!) save me a spot in hell, too…

    Dylan is lucky to have such a great Zaydie! My dad would have sat at the front and read the paper, too. πŸ™‚

  • SoMi's Nilsa says:

    Can I borrow Zaydie the next time I come to NY? I definitely want to go to the aquarium and might have a few other sites in store. What better way to see them than with a man who will make sure I make it home?!?

  • francine Kasen says:

    STEP AWAY FROM THE ZADIE ! Or Bubbie’s best friend will kick your ass! Just like Dylan will have Ella’s back.

  • Tully's Mama says:

    Bubbie is one lucky broad. Oh, but this is about Dylan and the trip. Dylan is a very lucky girl, too. Way to go, Zaydie.

  • PAPA says:

    Coney Island is so fun. I remember riding the rickety roller coaster. I thought for sure it was going to break. Now, I think it’s dismantled. Coney Island is to NY what Muscle Beach is to CA

  • Kristin says:

    I just love the pictures! Dylan and Ella look so cute! And how lucky are our girls that their grandparents go with them on field trips!

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    Kelcey; nevermind fixing me up with Your Dad, I want the other Zaydie…I’m coming into Manhattan 6/8….maybe I’ll see you with Mamabird Jordana and her little chicadees. Dylan will enjoy eating sparkly hair things out of Ava’s head.

  • anymommy says:

    All your posts about grandparents spending time with your kids is making me wish we didn’t live so far from our families.

    Okay, I’m over it πŸ˜‰

  • How about that blue feathered headband in the first picture!? Sorry – not a comment about your adorable daughter – but with my current giveaway, I’m kind of headband focused. But wait Dylan’s wearing one too. Her headband is also quite fetching.

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