Thursday, March 5, 2009

Field Trip!

When your 17-year-old son calls you from High School to see if you want to go on a field trip with him ... you don't ask where, why or when ... you immediately exclaim "YES!" Because spending a day with this young man and his friends is a rare occasion indeed.

When I heard that we were going to the Desert Botanical Gardens, my mind drifted back to the 4th grade when I took that very field trip with my little friends. I recall saying one of my first cuss words there, just trying to act cool (I can't say that it was the first time I used foul language, because my Dad's favorite tale to tell is of me when I was about 3-years-old shouting out a four-letter word in the middle of church while I was coloring ... but you can't blame a 3-year-old, so I've let that one go.) I'm sure that my friends were so impressed with my filthy mouth (not) and it still bothers me to this day! So here I was some 35 years later, going back with my boy ... this time there would be no swearing.

I remember The Desert Botanical Gardens being ... well ... a big desert with botanical growth. I thought it was ugly, hot and boring. I vowed never to return ... I was a fun child. To my delight, they had a special treat in store for us this time! It was the Chihuly Exhibit, which is basically acres of incredibly crafted stained glass placed sporadically throughout the garden as images intertwined with nature (poetic eh). Since Keaton is taking Stained Glass in school, this was clearly an educational bonus and I was thrilled to accompany the group. After the exhibit, three bus loads of us stopped off at a quaint little burger joint near ASU called The Chuckbox ... it was deliSH and we only left six students behind ... but they weren't in my group, so it was ok. Enjoy the pictures and enjoy your children ... they grow up WAY too fast!


Melissa said...

I hope that when my kids are 17 they still want me to go on field trips with them :)

Gail said...

Wow, you must be pretty cool for him to want you along. What a compliment. Sean went on the same field trip for the same class but one day later. He said it was awesome, but never called to ask me along:).

Diane said...

Why have I not looked at your blog lately? I have had some great laughs tonight and even made Jordan listen to some of them when he came home tonight!
See here, I'm writing you a note and I want to make sure you know that I have always liked you! No confessions here from the past.
(Does a nice note, posted on your blog count...or do I have to put it in the mail?)

melmck said...

what a fun day with little keaters!

Becky said...

Those are some pretty cool plants. Wish we lived are fun.

Brandi said...

one more reason why i want to be are the coolest!