Friday, October 29, 2010

It doesn't get any scarier than...

ummm... if you're expecting a spooky Halloween post you are in for a Trick...  the fact is - it doesn't get scarier than a 3rd grade field trip to the Symphony...

as I sat there listening to the beautiful music and enjoying myself I kept having strange phrases pop into my head...

Like:

"Youth is wasted on the young" (George Bernard Shaw) - I never understood that when I was young (ooh, there's a suprise) - but trailing the line of running 3rd graders into the concert hall... I GOT it.

"Children should be seen and not heart" (? an old Victorian ideal) - frankly, this is impossible... 'twould be nice at times, but it's bull.

speaking of Bull...  "Like a Bull in a China Shop" came to mind at least 67 times during the course of each song.

"You can put lipstick on a pig" (Obama) - think 1400 or so 3rd graders...  all dressed to the nines...  of course, they're still horsing around and teasing each other - only now they're doing it in dress shirts, lace and high heels!

"You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink" (old English Proverb... sort of) only I reworked it a tad into "You can lead a third grader to the symphony, but you can't make them sit still for five freakin' seconds and stop picking at the collar of their nice clothes"  Nor can you make them appreciate "Dance Boheme"

"I told you to go before leaving the house!"  (every mom I've ever known, and probably a few others) - luckily this was not MY chaperoning duty...  but that poor lady in the third row barely sat down the whole time.  seriously.  Perhaps she's really anti-symphony and gave her class Mountain Dew before leaving the school?   My own crowd?  I assume that their wiggling was entirely due to their excitement over The Dance of the Toreador...  hope they made it back to class okay.

"Your face is gonna FREEZE like that" (another mom-ism) - let's just say that if this one is true there are going to be a thousand or so third graders trick or treating this weekend looking like this:

only with fairy wings and a wand.

and finally:  "Music soothes the savage Breast" - seriously, that is NOT a typo...  but for the purposes of 3rd grade let's just pretend it IS a typo and go with "Music soothes the savage Beast"... so wrong in so many ways... Music apparently hypes up the average 3rd grader because the bus ride BACK to the school was insane.  Seriously - had kids looking at me like I was an alien when I suggested they might want to SIT while the bus was moving...    But wait... hmmm... maybe this one DOES have something to it... I sure wouldn't have wanted to sit in that auditorium with 1400 3rd graders without SOMETHING to listen to...

image shamelessly stolen from another site - because sewing the last of the costumes trumped me actually getting my kids to pose for a "bored" photo last night. and YES, they'd have to pose because NO, we are NEVER bored in our house. (it's my blog and that's the story I'm sticking with)

9 comments:

Kristina P. said...

You are a walking quote book!

Barbaloot said...

Wow. That sounds not fun on so many levels. Hopefully that's the craziest your Halloween weekend gets:)

S said...

This post conjured some pretty funny images in my head. I don't know whether to laugh at them or cringe and tell you I"m sorry you had to suffer through it all.

Sorry, but the laughing won out!

Krista said...

Ugh! I'm glad I didn't have to go to the symphony....with 3rd graders. That would be a horror show in itself!

Jen T said...

Wow, that is a pretty adventurous field trip. Whose great idea was that??? Do you think they will go again? :)

Saimi said...

At least you can say, "You put your shoulder to the wheel and carried on!"

Happy Halloween!

Cheeseboy said...

My children are always seen and heart.

This post was funny. That sounds like a nightmare field trip for my first graders, but it was probably okay with the third.

T said...

haha - thanks Cheeseboy for pointing out my typo - I think I'll leave it... just shows I'm human right? right??? groan... it's going to bug me you know that!

this is what I get for writing a blog post and packing for a trip at the same time!

just the five of us said...

We are going to see the play Pocahontas for a field trip tomorrow. I now wonder what thoughts will be going on in my brain :)