Face One: The Facts
Today Quinn’s class went on a field trip to a nearby nature center. We were really lucky that it wasn’t raining because we walked there. We were also really lucky that it wasn’t 106 degrees because it is May in the DC Metro area and it could well have been. I was co-oping in the class today, so I did some kiddie wrangling. Quinn and I brought up the rear.
The kids got to see a presentation about amphibians and reptiles, then they went on a walk where the guide showed them all kinds of signs of animal life, such as a snake hole, raccoon scat, and stripped bark on trees.
After all that, we took a few minutes to watch the turtles before we walked back to the school.
Smiles and sunshine.
Face Two: The Truth
It turns out that Quinn and I still weren’t feeling entirely up to snuff, so we were both a little whiny on the walk to the nature center, me inwardly, Quinn outwardly. It was a lot chillier than I expected it to be, and I still have some chills from the ague. (I love, by the way, that I sent some of you to your dictionaries for that. It’s kinda one of my favorite words. Confession: I don’t know how to pronounce it.)
Quinn, who is much like me in that he is always cold (and whiny), was wearing shorts. He was a trooper on the way to the nature center and happily sat through the lecture on amphibians and reptiles. When the naturalist brought a salamander container (with a salamander inside, of course) near him, Quinn said happily, “He said hi to me! Did he say hi to me? He said hi to me!”
That enthusiasm quickly dissolved when we ventured outside for our walk, which was, you know, outside. Quinn and I did a little Carry me!/No, you have to walk! back and forth for a while before Quinn finally settled into a miserable little shuffle, attached to my thigh.