March 15, 2011

Reptiles, Really?

I had the opportunity to drive for one of Jenna's class field trips last week.  I should have known better that this was going to be "just another field trip" when the destination was the Animal Lab at Hope College.  It's not that I have anything against animals, I just tend to prefer the cute and fuzzy kind.  We were given a parent "pep talk" by Jenna's fabulous teacher. Before leaving school she encouraged us to engage with the children and animals and more importantly, set aside all out own fears so that the children could get the very most from this experience without being held back by our reactions to the animals.  I REALLY DON'T LIKE SNAKES, and I knew that it was going to be a very difficult task to pretend that I did, yikes!

The children explored the room for awhile and then sat so quietly in a circle while they were shown carious animals which they were encouraged to touch.  While it was ok if they said "no thank you", they were strongly encouraged to just try to touch them.  Jenna was up for the challenge which was shocking to me!  She is normally like me, not a fan of reptiles, but for some reason she showed no fear....even when it came to the huge Boa Constrictor (I on the other hand, was about crawling out of my own skin!)
Even though it wasn't exactly my favorite field trip, I'm glad I didn't miss seeing Jenna love something I never thought she would.  Watching the eagerness to learn of these little ones is priceless!

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