I chaperoned another field trip today…my first ‘middle school’ one.
The Boy’s entire grade went to see a hockey game.
It was soooooooooo loud.
And the establishment actually called on the children to be louder…as loud as they could be. (I have a headache now, to be honest).
But it was a fun day, and my favorite part of the field trip, as it always is, was spending time with my son, and seeing the kind of young man he’s developing into.
The kids could pack a lunch or buy food to eat at the concession stand at the hockey arena with money from home. The kid who sat next to me had cotton candy, a snow cone (I KNOW, right? At a HOCKEY game in 20 degree weather? To be a kid again…), a soft pretzel, and a soda. I almost had a sugar crash myself just watching him eat it.
The Boy chose to pack. He ate a turkey sandwich and grapes and skim milk and water. (He did buy an extra order of tater tots though).
He’s already making (mostly) responsible choices about his health and money management at almost 12, which is nice, but the best part of the day for me was watching how he interacted with the other kids.
“Where’s E? Where’s C? Does A have a lunch? Do you need more money for lunch, T? Did everyone get enough to eat? Make sure you pick up your trash. Don’t make the cleaning crew’s job harder…”
I joked with him that his group didn’t need me to be there as a chaperone; he chaperones his own group.
Boy: I know, Mom. I can’t help it. That’s just who I am.
I love that that’s who he is.
That he’s a kid who looks out for other kids; other people. That he’s a kid who thinks about how his actions affect everyone else and that he wants to make sure everyone is safe and has enough and what they need. He wants to make the cleaning crew’s job easier. I’m so proud of him, not because he is so mature and responsible, but because he does that…unlike me…*without feeling anxiety.*
The Boy didn’t boss anybody around. Or yell. Or get panicked. He had a great time at the hockey game (although…he’s quiet too and ‘Everybody make some NOOOOOIIIISSEEE!’ kinda rattled his insides a bit too). His friends turn to him when they need help and have questions.
He is pretty awesome if I do say so myself. 🙂