I thought I could do it.
I thought I could get a blog in during days of 17 hours in a bus, days beginning with a 5:35 wake up call and ending with a chaperone’s meeting at 10:30.
I thought I could get quality writing in while walking everywhere! I forgot my FitBit, but my wife’s told us we averaged about 17,000 steps while we were in Washington DC, about 7 miles over the three days we were there.
I was wrong.
I felt a little freed by missing my first day so early. I would have struggle mightily trying carve out the time to write.
I enjoyed myself.
I enjoyed sitting with my wife, having the students tell us we were the “cutest couple ever.”
I enjoyed the history, the architecture, and the beauty found in unlikely places.
I enjoyed new friends made, reconnection with old friends, and the laughter that goes with both.
But most of all, I enjoyed that sense of community that trips like this bring, and that I played a very tiny role in what will be lifetime memories for our students. That give me pride and when I look back at our pictures, that’s what will make me smile.
My next blogs will be about our trip, but tonight, I got to bed.
March 19, 2018 at 9:38 pm
From your pictures on Instagram, it looked like a great trip. I’m sure you will have lots of great stories for us once you catch up on sleep 🙂
March 20, 2018 at 10:15 am
It was! A good night’s sleep helps you feel better about everything as well! 🙂
March 19, 2018 at 9:40 pm
Get some rest! Sounds like you need it. (We can’t be super human!)
March 20, 2018 at 10:15 am
As I get older, I’m realizing this more and more. I have no shame in admitting I took a couple of quick naps on the bus as we were moving from place to place! )
March 19, 2018 at 9:44 pm
Sounds like an amazing trip…and well worth missing the writing. There is always time for that tomorrow. 🙂
March 20, 2018 at 10:14 am
That’s my thought. I usually keep a journal of trips like this, but didn’t, so I’m going through pictures and remembering. That’s the best part, the memories of great times! 🙂
March 20, 2018 at 3:15 am
Glad you had a great trip; cutest couple to community of travelers and learners and all the 16,998 steps in between.
March 20, 2018 at 10:13 am
LOL! That’s an interesting way of putting it! We did have a lot of fun and I would do it again in a heart beat! Would you think “professional chaperone” is a job title? 🙂
March 20, 2018 at 8:25 am
The best trips are ones you enjoy and then relive later through writing. (I ‘scheduled a post’ and it worked but I don’t know how to schedule it to wordpress and then to two writing teachers.) Baby steps! 🙂
March 20, 2018 at 10:12 am
Honestly, had I not missed one early on, I’d have probably done that too. But, I didn’t feel quite as tied to the writing, and it was overwhelming with all the history, plus 150 kids! 🙂
March 21, 2018 at 6:59 pm
Hey…the trip was timed perfectly. You got out of there before this Nor’easter hit! 🙂
March 20, 2018 at 7:15 pm
I missed you. Was starting to worry. Looking forward to hearing more about your trip. Glad you had a good time.
March 21, 2018 at 8:28 am
Ha! Have no fear…I’m back! 🙂 A bit tired, a bit cranky, but what’s new there?? We had a great time and I hope to write about some of my experiences of the next few days! Thanks for worrying about me, though. That made me smile! ❤