Chaperoning a trip to the zoo with no a/c

When my daughter’s class planned a field trip to the zoo, I volunteered to chaperone.

  • It sounded like a lovely option to spend time with my little boy plus get to think his friends.

It never occurred to me that every one of us would make the journey in a school bus. The bus was not equipped with a/c. The windows openly opened an inch for safety reasons. Between the seasoned shocks, overheated conditions plus 60 hour drive, I arrived at the zoo with a terrible migraine. Since the field trip was tied up for the hour month of August, the morning was sizzling plus sticky. The temperature was anywhere in the mid eighties, plus the day sunlight was brutal. There was no shade to be found. I figured out that the reptile house, aquarium plus the gift store were the only air conditioned spaces. My group spent the majority of our time in those locations. I provided each of the men many dollars to spend at the gift store plus told them to take their time browsing. I was in no hurry to leave the a/c plus step back outside into the intense heat, overwhelming humidity plus horrible stinks of the zoo. At the end of the morning, when I was coated in sweat, sunburned plus annoyed, it was time to step back onto the bus. The ride beach house was even worse than the initial drive. I couldn’t wait to exit that bus, crawl into my vehicle plus blast the a/c. When I finally made it home, I poured myself a gigantic glass of wine plus lowered my temperature control setting. I felt that I deserved it. I also decided to never volunteer for another school field trip.



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