Chaperoned my son's field trip to a pumpkin patch today. And what a perfect day for the trip. Couldn't think of anything I would rather do then spend the beautiful fall day with my little guy and his classmates.
And of course, there was much to be learned today.
- I learned that if you scratch a farm dog in exactly the right spot, he will pee all over an unsuspecting 6 year old. Can I mention how relieved I was this child wasn't riding home with me?
- Prickly burrs grow in pumpkin patches. Something I wish we had learned before we let loose a group of 1st graders into a field to find a pumpkin.
- Prickly burrs also grow in corn fields. Again, something I wish I knew before I spent 15 minutes removing the burrs from the pumpkin expedition.
- There is one strand of corn silk for each kernel on an ear of corn. Did not know that.
- If there is one cat and one person with cat allergies on a 100+ acre farm, the cat will indeed find and stalk that one person.
- This rule also applies to bees and children terrified of them.
- I learned that the inside of a green pumpkin is orange, the inside of a white pumpkin is white.
- Soybeans eaten directly out of the shell taste horrific. Trust me, they need to be roasted first.
- If you've watched or read "Children of the Corn", you'll find corn mazes a lot less charming and a lot more frightening. Stupid, scary movie.
- Speaking of children and corn, if you are responsible for 5 boys in a corn maze, chances are they will all choose different paths in the maze. Some will even make a path of their own (at which point the map becomes completely useless).
No bee stings, no allergic reactions to soy nuts, all children returned safely home.
A very good day.