A father is expressing his admiration for teachers after a class field trip to a pumpkin patch left him outnumbered and exhausted.
One dad is singing his child’s teachers’ praises after a class field trip to a pumpkin patch that was (as you can imagine) exhausting.
The father of three and author being “No Idea What I’m Doing: A Daddy Blog,” was not supposed to chaperone his daughter’s kindergarten field trip to the pumpkin patch originally.
“I had the day off. My wife was supposed to go,” Edwards revealed to Yahoo Lifestyle. “I took over at the last minute. I just kind of jumped in there.”
But Edwards did not expect the day to go quite like it did, and in a now-viral post on his Facebook page, Edwards revealed how a group of kindergarten students affected him.
“Listen: I love my daughter, but other people’s kids are a bit much,” Edwards posted to Facebook. “This trip left me with an incredible respect for people who who work with young children all day. I only had five in my group, and they listened about as good as goldfishes. 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.”
“Five-year-olds are crazy,” Edwards shared. “When I said one was gonna run off into the cornfield, that was not an exaggeration. I was grabbing kids by the collar.”
The father was stunned observing his daughter’s teacher supervise the teacher while they changed their shoes (twice) to prevent tracking mud onto the bus.
“…I’m pretty sure if she listed this act on her resume, she’d be as respected as any military general,” Edwards wrote. “I mean, wow! No child lost a shoe and she smiled the WHOLE TIME!”
Edwards encouraged readers to thank the teachers in there lives for all the hard work and patience they give out.
“I’ve said this before, but if my life ever depended on my own children finding their shoes, I’d be dead, so for her to pull off this shoe swap with 20 something 5/6 year olds places her on par with Batman. 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.”
Edwards says he came home from the field trip and consumed cookies, Tyelenol and then took a long bath.
“I haven’t had a drink in 16 years, and I was ready,” he shared. “And that was only after 3 or 4 hours!”
He continued on, saying:
“I think most parents have a real appreciation for teachers because that’s a tough job. And being there, firsthand, I couldn’t help but really respect Aspen’s teacher,” Edwards said. “I say everybody, give your kindergarten teacher a high five. Bring her a gift at the end of the year. She deserves it. These people are saints. They deserve hazard pay.”