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Next Stop: Golden Corral

May 1, 2012
I belong in New Orleans

This is my aging milestone: I’m on a bus with 40 kids and they think I’m the grown up.

We just left New Orleans. I’m sitting on a tour bus with 3 other adults, one driver WITH driving gloves, and 40 mostly inappropriately dressed 9th and 10th grade students. Slippers. Head wraps. Hair caps. Spandex. Leopard print blazers. Two girls are dressed like twins. On purpose. But they’re all smiling. We just embarked on a tour of southern colleges (and Golden Corrals). This is the first time many of these kids will have left New Orleans other than when they left for Hurricane Katrina. And that wasn’t exactly by choice. This trip will show them college campuses – and college girls! And it will expose them to a world outside of their own, which we all know is where true growth happens. As we anticipate the emotional and intellectual kind of growth, the kids are growing in another way by eating every single snack they brought for our 5 day trip. I can smell the syrupy sweet of Skittles and hear the crinkling of hot chips. I’ve been handing out half-ham-sandwiches and rice crispy treats and Gatorade (thanks Kate, Lauren, Meredith and Adrienne!) for a mid-morning snack. My kids know I’ll always feed them. My grandmother Wanda is a living testament that food is the way to the heart. Next stop: Golden Corral in Mobile, Alabama. Things are about to get real.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 1, 2012 12:22 pm

    I’m with you. Golden Corral in southern towns are pretty “real” -My grandma took us to a golden corral in the middle of the tornado path in Joplin. It was the only building standing. There were tables full of FEMA workers and a chocolate fountain. Chocolate fountains are all the rage in Joplin right now!

  2. kmrobb1 permalink
    May 1, 2012 1:31 pm

    wow. i don’t think i could brave being a chaperone on this trip but thanks to your awesome writing and account, i’m like a fly on a wall.
    you are so great for giving these kids this experience! it will hold a special place in their hearts!

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