Monday, March 8, 2010

On second thought.

I have never been in such dire need of a drink as today. 

You take one puking pre-kindergarten teacher and you send her home. Then you assign one enthusiastic chaperon (that would be me) and a classroom full of wannabe cowboys & cowgirls on a wet, cold, day pack them on a bus send them to the Rodeo and what do you get? Absolute hell. 

Today I somehow shepherded 26 four years olds in the rain from Reliant Arena out into the parking lot. I not only managed to keep them corralled, I also managed to keep them from running out into the oncoming school buses on multiple occasions. I also cajoled a few boys to pee in the rain.Why? Because after waiting for more than an hour in the rain for the buses to arrive, shepherding a full class back to the arena for a few stinkers seemed like more trouble than it was worth. Especially when the tents provided such a great buffer from the elements. On our long journey back I had three drooling children collapse into deep slumber on my shoulder, lap and hand. Then as my cherry on top, I had the distinct pleasure of hoisting a sobbing child in a vain attempt to comfort him. Only to find out that I too, would cry if crap were coming out of my pants. 

By the grace of God, the 26 hellions and I made it back to school in one piece. I had previously expressed an ardent interest in teaching pre-kindergarten. After today's wet mishaps, I think that dream has been completely erased from my "to-do in life" list. 

*There's no point in me bothering to mention the panicked livestock and unfortunate bunnies who encountered these grubby little hands. Use your imagination. 


camille said...

this is terrifying!
at this moment, i am cherishing my quite, calm office.

Leila! said...

You have GOT to be kidding me!!!
Peeing in the rain?
Crapping in pants?
The poor bunnies...
Dahnya -- this is HILARIOUS.
So sorry you had to go through it, but at least it made for an excellent story/blog entry!

Heidi said...

Wow, this sounds like my job multiplied by 10.... I admire you for taking charge of that many hellions in the middle of the rodeo! (i.e. the world's biggest petting zoo)

I can only picture you trying to quickly corral little boys into peeing in the corner!