You Want A Piece Of This?  

pragmaticCTcpl 63M/51F
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5/17/2006 8:27 am

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You Want A Piece Of This?

I survived the school field trip yesterday to Old Sturbridge Village....barely!!!

Aside from the obvious, the rain was much worse in Massachusetts. It was like taking a shower with your clothes on. The chartered bus ride was an adventure in itself. 10 and 11 year olds who had some interesting personalities. The scab eater...the human blow-horn....the toilet obsessed youth...the nose picker...the overly hyperactive youths...and the brat girl glee club.

Once at the Village, we were told to take our groups lunch over to a huge white canopy and place them in a plastic bag on racks that were provided. Under this canopy was about 12 wooden picnic benches where we were told the children could eat their lunches on a "first come, first serve basis."

After a group activity, the children in my group asked if we could eat lunch. We swam over to the canopy. Once there we saw some of the other groups as well as people from other schools. I spotted a picnic bench at the far end that was only occupied by one woman and a boy. I proceeded to wipe off the wet bench and instructured the children to sit on one side(the bench fit around 12 people, there were 6 of us)
That is when the woman said, "Excuse me but this bench is reserved. I'm with a school and we need this bench." I replied, " I'm with a school too and my children need a place to eat too. Sit down kids!" Around fifteen minutes had passed and her pose of three preppy-snob nosed women and 8 other children arrived at the table. This is when the first woman said to the other women, " I DID have this table reserved!" I looked up from my soggy sandwich and just stared at her. (little voice inside my head said...Mrs. Prag..easy does have to be a good example to these children....deep breaths...deep breaths...I was so ready to go "ghetto" on them. )Then all three women stood at the end of the picnic bench and began talking smack and shit about the children and me. Hands raised to mouths...laughing...being cruel and immature.

Let me just say that I'm by no means a violent woman. HOWEVER, I don't take someone's shit either. Not from my family and certainly not from some fucking stranger. With the amount of steroids that my body has been exposed to in the last 8 days...Those women are lucky I didn't flip that picnic bench over on there scrawny asses and shove rain ponchos down their throats.

A few of my girls, in my group, reported with loyalty that the woman and some of their children were talking about them and me. I replied, "Don't worry about it. Just eat and take a mental lesson NOT to grow up and be a woman like those women." Their attitudes and behavior only made me eat and drink slower and when we were all done, we left.

We ran into them again several times in the village. Each time, they made a point of staring and whispering. "Grow up!!!!"

After several hours of walking the trails and visiting the colonial structures, I was more then ready to get back on the bus ( no matter how loud and crazy ) and return home. I must also note that the character staff at the village was very rude (the blacksmith made an unnecessary comment to one of my children and she shot back a hurtful response...."LET'S GO!!", I shouted as I quickly exited the building. The character's did not stay in character as I once remembered from my long ago school field trip, when I was 11. This was a true disappointment for me.

The best part of the day was when all the children gave me good-bye hugs and my son looked at me and said "Mom, this was the best field trip ever. I love you so much." was worth it...not worth bail money but still worth it.

fantasylover_05 63M

5/17/2006 8:49 am


Some people!!

I am glad your son got had a great day anyway!!! That after all was the point!

Hope you have calmed down a bit today!

Remember.. deep breaths.. and keep that BAIL money in mind! LOL LOL

pragmaticCTcpl replies on 5/18/2006 5:02 am:
I always leave the issue of bail money up to Mr.Prag.

Phuc_Buddy 47M

5/17/2006 9:01 am

Don't worry I got you covered on the bail money next time! Damn I hate, not dislike mind you, but absolutely hate people like that!

I'm glad both you and your son enjoyed the trip despite the weather and the people.

pragmaticCTcpl replies on 5/18/2006 5:11 am:
Thanks Phuc...!!! Your my offical bail go to person. # 1-8ph-ucb-uddy. You know what they say..."When life give you lemons...put them in your drink."

firestarter665 44M/40F

5/17/2006 9:16 am

Unfortunately some people never grow up. Looks like you handled it well. You absolutely set a good example for the kids.

pragmaticCTcpl replies on 5/18/2006 5:14 am:
Fire~ SO TRUE!!! I feel sorry for the kids of those other Mothers. What are they teaching them? "Future Bitches of America."

angelofmercy5 60F
17881 posts
5/17/2006 12:32 pm sure handled that well....especially since you are so "pumped up"! lol I can't stand people who act like that. I am sure the kids will never forget it...and when your son said that to you....well, I know it made the whole thing well worth it. Hope you are dried out today.

pragmaticCTcpl replies on 5/18/2006 5:17 am:
Thank you Angel. Women like that, should be ashamed of themselves. What are we passing down to our children. Obviously, in this case, not manners nor compassion. I would still do it all over, for my son.

mycin62 56F

5/17/2006 2:02 pm

Sorry to hear you had such a bad day, people can be such assholes!!! Last time I was in Sturbridge village it was pouring rain too!! A really muddy place, as I remember

pragmaticCTcpl replies on 5/18/2006 5:19 am:
Cin~ The women get two middle fingers WAY up...!! And the Village gets two thumbs WAY down...!!!

Nightguy_1961 56M
4866 posts
5/17/2006 3:44 pm

Sorry to hear about this...

You should come down to Colonial Williamsburg here in Virginia...the 'characters' maintain an even disposition no matter what...and I've seen literally hundreds of people talk to them all day.

The fine guides know when and where to slip out of character to deal with any situation.

Just my observation...and you handled yourself fine in my book...

NG61...fading back into the shadows...

pragmaticCTcpl replies on 5/18/2006 5:22 am:
Nightguy~ It is funny that you mention it....We ARE going to Viginia this summer on our family vacation to Busch Gardens and Colonial Williamsburg. I am hoping the it will be a much better experience for both my son and myself. Not to mention better weather.

docdirk 49M

5/17/2006 5:33 pm

Wow. A day spent with wet Massachussetts assholes. Root canal must have looked like a better option. You should have pulled the canopy down on top of them!

Ah, Its you again, Your Angel Feathers and your Blood Stains...

pragmaticCTcpl replies on 5/18/2006 5:24 am:
Doc~ Having had a root canal before...I'll take the assholes any day..!!!

NSAAddict 43F

5/17/2006 7:43 pm

Good for you girl for sticking to your guns AND taking the higher road, not an easy task! Glad you had the bonding time with your son, field trips are a hassle but definitely worth that time and your kid's love and admiration

pragmaticCTcpl replies on 5/18/2006 5:27 am:
Along with that higher road I wish I could have found some dry land...!! I'm glad that I could be there for him too...otherwise he might have had to eat in the rain.

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