May 01, 2009

You Signed Me Up for WHAT?

I was asked to be a chaperone for seven 14 year old boys on an end of the year field trip for 8th grade to Islands of Adventure in a couple weeks.

It seems that my son's group needed a chaperone and upon hearing it, my eldest said, "OH! My Mom will do it."


It's nice that he wasn't mortified at the thought I'd be going.

It's nice that he was confident I'd help out.

It's nice that I looked at the list and with half the boys said, "Oh, they practically live at my house. No sweat." One of them even calls me his other Mom.

But I said to my son, "Good God. You owe me, my friend. There are seven of you... teenage boys. And me."

I continued, "You know, whoever you marry is going to have a tough gig when you have kids. I have... been a Cub Scout leader, taken you boys camping when I'd never even been camping before, been the only parent camping with you when we got caught in a storm and lost a tent in 8 inches of water and all the crap in it, been caught in a storm and had to take shelter in a car... only to find the tent had collapsed, driven you all over the south, took karate with you, let boy bands practice in my garage, and I'm sure there is more."

He just grinned.

Seriously, if you had told me 20 years ago I'd have done half the crap I've done with them, let alone gone through half the adventures, I'd have told you that you were out of your frickin' mind.

Islands of Adventure.

With seven teenage boys.

I'm not sure whether I'm going to have a blast... or ask to be shot.

Jury's out...

It's all blog fodder anyway. Heh.

Posted by Boudicca at May 1, 2009 09:16 PM

As I always say, you are Supermom. You remind me of my mother.

Posted by: Denny at May 4, 2009 12:19 PM