'Other people's kids are a bit much': Dad reviews school trip

Photo:Clint Edwards/Facebook
Photo:Clint Edwards/Facebook 

"I haven't had a drink in 16 years, but I wanted a drink today. I wanted one real bad."

That's how dad Clint Edwards felt after helping chaperone a group of his daughter's kindy classmates - an excursion that's left him with "incredible respect" for teachers.

"Listen: I love my daughter, but other people's kids are a bit much," he writes in a post to Facebook. "I only had five in my group, and they listened about as good as goldfish. The whole time I was afraid I'd lose one in the corn field, they'd never be found, and ultimately end up as the premise for a Steven King novel."

Mr Edwards, who blogs at "No Idea What I'm Doing" shared that he was only with the kids for about four hours -  but it felt like "an eternity".

"Between the mud at the pumpkin patch, and the smell on the bus that I couldn't quite identify, but was probably a virus, and that one wild little boy that is either destined to be a ground breaking artist or an inmate, I ended the afternoon with a long hot soak in the bath, TOO many cookies, and a handful of Tylenol."

The US dad's effort was in stark contrast to that of his daughter's teacher who successfully orchestrated the entire day, even changing the kids' shoes before getting on and off the bus. "This was to prevent the children from getting mud on the bus, but I'm pretty sure if she listed this act on her resume, she'd be as respected as any military general. I mean, wow! No child lost a shoe and she smiled the WHOLE TIME!"

The trip left the Silence is a Scary Sound author feeling nothing but appreciation for teachers. "If you are a teacher reading this, give yourself a huge pat on the back. You are incredible. And if you know a teacher, give them a huge thank you.

"And if anyone needs need me, I'll be right back. I'm heading to the store for more cookies, and maybe some ice cream, to keep from having that drink."

His words have since gone viral with many parents saying AMEN.
"I know the feeling," one mum commented. "I have so much respect for my child's kindergarten teacher after going on three field trips she still managed to take incredible photos and make a music slideshow for us parents to enjoy! And never once lost her cool. I was in awe of the patience and calmness when all hell was breaking loose!"
Other teachers also expressed their gratitude.
"Thank you for the appreciation," said one "I'm a childcare worker and even though it can be very very stressful it is also incredibly rewarding watching the children grow and get cuddles and just seeing them laugh and smile."
"As an elementary school teacher for 29 years, ten spent in kindergarten, I can completely relate to this! Field trips were a nightmare," another teacher wrote.
"And yes, I drank when I got home."