The overnight school trip
It seems like yesterday that DD went on her first ever school trip in a school bus (aged three) – and I followed the bus down Sheikh Zayed Rd to make sure she got there safely. Thankfully, I’ve since managed to stop worrying and grow a little faith that DD will arrive safely back from school trips full of the joys of the supermarket / the underwater zoo / Kidzania / the theatre.
But now she’s in Year 3, we have a whole new ball game to deal with. No longer are we talking about 20 minutes on a bus, a couple of hours at a venue, a junior pizza and back to school. Oh no, in Year 3 we have the horror that is the overnight desert camping trip.
The kit list arrived the other day. It included a lot of items marked as “will get wet” and even requested a pair of Crocs “at night” (?) alongside the sleeping bag and torch.
If I thought that was scary, the next thing to arrive was the disclaimer.
It would seem that I have to agree for my seven-year-old daughter, who likes nothing more than putting on a pair of high-heeled boots, painting her nails and pretending to be either Carly Rae Jepson or a Y3 form teacher, to participate in “kayaking, canoeing, raft-building, white-water rafting, golf surfing (I am guessing that’s a punctuation fail), high ropes course, abseiling, rock-climbing, zip wire, volleyball, football, rugby, sand-boarding…. banana boat (in the desert?), houseboat (?), archery (has anyone else read We Need to Talk About Kevin?), journeying in coaches, journeying in 4×4 vehicles, hiking in wadis, mountains, deserts, roads…”
It continues: “I authorise medical treatment for my child including anaesthesia, injection, surgery…”
DH read it, too. And, while he didn’t say anything, I saw his eyes slide to the cupboard where our camping gear’s kept.
And I know what he was thinking: He was thinking that we – we, who haven’t camped for 10 years – might just happen to have a camping trip scheduled that weekend. Suspiciously close to DD’s camp site.
But the real question is: Who’s going to be first to suggest it – him or me?