Today, exausted from a late night trip to the out of hours doctors last night, I went along on a school trip to London with DS2 and his class as a parent helper.
I had been really looking forward to it and so had DS2. I don’t visit London much which of course means neither do the boys so it was an exciting trip for the both of us. I was also a bit nervous. No matter how old you are social situations can be really tough when you don’t know the other people very well and I especially get very anxious about it. I was really glad to find a few mums in particular that were really easy to talk to and the anxiety quickly eased and I relaxed.
We each had our own child and any other children we were responsible for in tow and we set off for the train station. DS2 was so excited when we started to walk through the tunnel and up the stairs to the station. Ever since he was very little he has always been fascinated by trains and I felt a tinge of guilt that I hadn’t made more of an effort to take him and the boys for train rides. Something so simple to me is an exciting adventure for a train loving six year old.
We all piled into one carriage and DS2 was looking out of the window amazed. When we went through a tunnel he was beaming and saying ‘wow’. I couldn’t help but laugh to myself every time we stopped at a station, the annoyance on the business people’s faces as they waited on the platform for their train and the carriage full of excitable five and six year olds pulls up right in front of them was quite amusing.
The teachers had planned the day out really well and had sheets with lots of activities for all of the children. DS2 was really excited, every time he spotted something from the sheet he’d pull on my hand and point really proud of himself for finding something. When we found the big fountain he was most excited to see lots of coins in the water, he asked of he could take a picture of it on my phone and of course I didn’t breath until he handed it back to me I was sure he was going to make a wish with my phone!
It wasn’t to long before he was geting tired of walking around and was glad to stop for lunch at St James’ Park. We watched the guards marching and it was so much fun seeing them on horses, playing trumpets and drums.
The last stop before we headed back was a really great little park that the class had to themselves DS2 found his energy reserves and had great fun playing with his friends.
I had so much fun today. It was amazing seeing all the sights that are at the heart of the country we live in but most of all it was amazing to spend a rare day together just DS2 and myself. The best part of the whole day was when he said (and he actually said this, which bought a tear to my eye), ‘I had fun today but it was best of all spending the whole day with you’. That right there is a melt the heart moment.