Final Experiences of a Grade 8 Chaperone-Quebec City
EVENING OF DAY 3
5:15pm- We board the bus to a buffet restaurant. The girls look very sweet in their dresses. You can tell they spent much time and effort on their appearances…The boys look similar to how they did this morning. My son changed his shorts but that was only because he’d spilt a slushy on them during the day.
6:00pm- Supper time! The kids are pretty quiet, too busy munching I guess.
7:00pm- We arrive into the lower town. We have a free hour. Quebec City is so romantic…that is if you’re there without the 200 teenagers.
8:15pm- We board the boat. There are a number of schools on the boat for the dance, probably a good 800 kids, maybe more. Once again, the boat supplies a lot of uniformed chaperones. You’d have to be Tom Cruise to get into mischief with that many security staff watching. The teachers and parents have a private lounge they can go to when not walking around the dance floors.
We pull away from the dock and the DJ plays the Black Eyed Peas, “I’ve got a feeling, that tonight’s going to be a good night…” Everyone starts dancing, (except parents and teachers because that would be too weird).
The lights of Quebec City pass us as we glide down the St. Lawrence. The Chateau Frontenac looks amazing, almost magical at night.
10:30pm- Too soon it’s over. We pile onto school buses and head back to the hotel. It’s a full moon. We all check Montmorency (spelling???) Falls to try and see the ghost of the dancing bride. She’s supposed to be there when the moon’s full. No luck. I wonder if I would be able to see her after a few glasses of wine…something to try next time I’m in the area.
11:15pm- People crash awfully quickly. At least I did.
7:00am- The alarm goes. Everyone packs and we’re down to breakfast by 8:00am
9:00am- On the road again. It’s a pretty subdued group. Some of the kids watch movies, some sleep and others take pictures of the ones that are sleeping.
7:15pm- After a few food and bathroom breaks, we roll into the school parking lot. Tired but happy kids get off and head home.
The kids were well behaved. My son informed me that I behaved appropriately as well.
So, was the free trip worth the effort? Would I do it again?
Kimberly Scutt lives in Southern Ontario with her husband and two boys. When not dreaming or planning her next vacation, Kimberly spends her time writing travel guides for kids and running a marketing/special events company. She is currently putting the final touches on her “Kid’s Guide to Venice” and writing a “Kid’s Guide to Hawaii.”
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