Thinking back on previous Williamsburg trips, several years ago we were traveling up on the bus. Curious conversations always happen among 13-14 year old kids. Another teacher and I were talking about IQ scores with the some of the girls. One girl who really was very smart (but didn't really act like it if you know what I mean) piped up in her usual bubbly, but oblivious way and said in a very proud tone, "I have a 4.0 IQ score!" The other teacher and I looked at each other and wanted to cry from laughing so hard. Another great thing about middle schoolers--they are just so fun and unpredictable to be around!
This year's 8th grade trip to Colonial Williamsburg began as just about any other trip. There is always some trepidation as to which group of students each chaperon gets. When I was given my list in early December this year, I was quite trepidatious (I know that's not actually a word). I had 8 very strong personalities in my group. don't get me wrong--I love kids with personalities--they make my day much more interesting. Sadly, I expected the worst from my group. I was even jealous that the other chaps had all of the sweet, innocent, shy girls who never did anything questionable. I spent many, many moments in prayer over my girls, as I call them. I worked to build relationships with these girls before the trip and get to know them better. My doing this I came to love them more than just my students. God answered my prayers and gave my girls and me a wonderful trip. There were no "girl" problems, no "boy" problems. Basically, my girls were Amazing! We stuck together, prayed for each other at night, and all became closer. I do have to admit--there was one little situation at the outlet mall: one girl bought a purse that another girl wanted. This was short-lived and they all got over it.
Thank you, girls, for one of the best Williamsburg Trips ever! You were all gems and I love you!
Kayleigh, Lauren, Kristy, Emily, Caroline, Molly, Amanda, and Catherine!