Continuing the theme of how people get access to food, the first and second graders went on a field trip last month to Altadena Community Garden. It seemed like a simple enough venture. In fact, we were all smiles when we started.
But most of this ragtag group of boys were in my group.
In fact, when Jerri (also on the trip) saw my list she said, “Oh, sorry, man. That’s rough.” She’d been there before with quite a doozy of a group on the last trip.
Anyway, we proceeded. I think it would have been fine if we hadn’t teamed up with another group of boys for the garden tour. The kids were hot and our guide, while completely lovely, didn’t hold their attention as well as I’d hoped.
I spent most of the time telling the boys to stay out of the planters, stop talking and pay attention.
After a harrowing trip to the bathrooms/drinking fountain after the tour was over, I actually got scolded for not staying close enough to my group. True, I was taking a break from paying attention to vent to Jerri about just how crazy my group was. I deserved the scolding but needless to say I wasn’t happy about it.
Regardless, we finally made it back to the bus for the ride back to school. Here’s our after picture.
I was ready for a spa day.
More pictures here.