Thursday, October 31, 2013

I’m too old and Mollie’s too young

Yesterday we took our classes on a field trip several hours away. It’s a trip we’ve taken many times. I enjoy the trip but it’s so very tiring – there’s lots of walking and stair climbing and then more walking. It was a good day, but it ended as it has a for the past few years – with me thinking, “I too old for this.” I’m really not, physically I’m just a little tired, but it’s the responsibility of keeping up with everyone and getting them back safety each year that weighs on me.

Then after I got home last night I got a call from Mollie telling me that the day care where she works asked her to come in tomorrow and act as the lead teacher in the four-year-old room, since the normal teacher had emergency surgery. They’re going on a field trip and she will be in charge of getting everyone on the bus, assigning partners, counting heads as they load the bus, as they get off as they arrive, as they re-load and one last time as they return. It’s not a long trip – only to the college for trick-o-treat, but the responsibility! She’ll have help, but still. Is my little girl up to this type of responsibility? Apparently the day care thinks so and Mollie seemed quietly confident. Good grief, my baby responsible twenty, four-year-olds? Ridiculous!


I guess my title is only half right, I might be to old for it all, but Mollie isn’t too young. I have no doubt she is up for the task.

Written by PK at 5:30 PM

20 comments

20 Comments:

At 5:18 AM, Blogger Ami Starsong said...

I can identify with this no end! When I've done a four mile hike across country, all I can think about is how near to the pub I am getting!

The same with our daughters - it never ceases to amaze me how huge, hulking, teenage boys, often aggressive, will listen to my five foot two inch daughter like lambs when she is sorting them out in class.

Maybe we missed something along the way, dear? LOL!

Hugs
Ami

 
At 6:52 AM, Blogger Roz said...

I'm giggle at Ami's comment. Of course you are not too old, and Mollie isn't too young. I'm sure she will do a great job :)

Hugs,
Roz

 
At 7:15 AM, Blogger bob said...

Silly girl you're never to old for this and molly has her mother's heart and compassion so she is golden to.
Bob

 
At 8:46 AM, Blogger Paul said...

Elis,
the others are absolutely right.
So stop being the nervous mom and realise what an excellent job you have done.
Love and warm hugs,
Paul.

 
At 10:57 AM, Blogger Leigh Smith aka Sunny Girl said...

Of course she is up to it. She fresh and full of energy and confidence and will do a spectacular job.

 
At 11:17 AM, Blogger Terpsichore said...

I am certain Molly will do great...and you are not too old... :-) Hugs

 
At 11:30 AM, Blogger Cat said...

Hey Elis...you are NOT too old and Mollie is her mother's daughter so she will definitely ace the trip! ;)

Blessings...
Cat

 
At 4:28 PM, Blogger ronnie said...

PK,

Mollie will be perfect and definitely up for the job. She takes after you.

Love,
Ronnie
xx

 
At 4:33 PM, Blogger Elis said...

What we missed was the step where they went from being our little girl to becoming a grown woman who is admired and respected. We knew it was going to happen - but not so suddenly!

 
At 4:34 PM, Blogger Elis said...

Roz,
She did do great as I knew she would, but I'm guessing she's going to be 30 before it really dawns on me that she is no longer a child.

 
At 4:36 PM, Blogger Elis said...

Thanks Bob, but there is a reason most teachers retire by their early 30's. And you are so sweet to say that of Mollie.She does have a wonderful heart, I hope I've had a hand in it.

 
At 4:37 PM, Blogger Elis said...

Sunny,
That 'full of energy' goes a long way, and mine's long gone.

 
At 4:42 PM, Blogger Elis said...

Terps,
She got them all back safe and sound and that's all that counts. When I feel my oldest is in faculty meetings hearing all the new and useless stuff they want us to do (and always on the computer). I feel like a dinosaur.

 
At 4:43 PM, Blogger Elis said...

Paul,
Start being the nervous - ask me to stop being a spanko, it would be easier! But I thank you much.

 
At 4:45 PM, Blogger Elis said...

I think she did ace it, but the woman in charge of the entire day care came to take pictures of the various classes fell and broke her foot.

 
At 4:46 PM, Blogger Elis said...

Mollie's prefect, taking after me. Not completely I hope!

 
At 7:15 PM, Blogger Florida Dom said...

She's up to it because she had the good fortune to have you as her mother and you are a great teacher, mentor and mother. .

FD.

 
At 8:11 PM, Blogger Minelle Labraun said...

Oh--she is definitely up to it! You are too. However it is draining sometimes, especially with those hulking boys!!

 
At 8:37 PM, Blogger Elis said...

FD,
You know you're about as sweet as it gets. Thank you!

 
At 8:38 PM, Blogger Elis said...

I love that I'm to the age where a look will shut them up and sit them down!

 

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