Just Call Me Awesome

Field trips.

Good times, no?

Last week I got to drive a group of five 5th grade boys to a field trip.

Before my son agreed I could chaperon, he had a few rules:

  • I wasn’t allowed to say, “WHAT UP MAH PEEEEEPS?!” as a greeting to my new 5th grade besties.
  • I wasn’t allowed to bust my typical “I’m drivin’ mah car” moves, either…
  • And I was strictly forbidden from playing Start Wearing Purple by Gogol Bordello.

Sheesh. He might as well have grounded me from coffee too.

The boys wanted me to play music loud, but somehow I managed to help them not notice as I turned the music nearly all the way down… You see, I wanted to listen to them laugh and talk. I’m so sneaky. And those are some good, funny boys.

*wipes tear*

And we had a wonderful time. I think my son described it as, “epic”.

It didn’t hurt that on our way back I kind-of broke the rules. Except it wasn’t a rule, but you know when you wonder if a rule exists, but it is just unspoken.

Basically, I took those boys through The Burger King and got them each a milkshake. It added 4 minutes to our return trip home and I was worried they boys’ mothers would be mad at me. But a lifetime of remembering the time Mom drove through the Burger Kind drive-thru and got milkshakes for all his buddies was worth the risk.

SO worth the risk.

As I passed the milkshakes back to the boys, the cautious boy of the bunch said, “But I don’t even know your name?!”

Could you just DIE!

Without skipping a beat I said, “Just call me Awesome.”

And they did… ALL the way back to school, at school, and little greetings since. Oh, and when my boy came up to me after school that day, his first words were, “Mom. You were awesome.”

time with my son

If only for one day… I will take it. And when he goes to counseling for all the NOT awesome I have inflicted upon him, we will always have that one field trip and Burger King milkshakes.

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12 Responses to “Just Call Me Awesome”

  1. Polly Scott says:

    Okay, awesome. I am so happy you alerted me to that song! I was made to wear purple my first few years of school, and holy cow! I am in shock. This is what you call syncronicity because I just wrote about purple! Crazy.

  2. Talk about a Super Mom moment! You are most definitely awesome!

  3. Oh, well done mom.
    I LOVE to listen to the conversations my kids have with their friends.

    And I’m just jealous cause you have a drive through to..erm…drive through.

  4. jubilee says:

    Very cool. I love those moments!

    My son recently told me I was the best mom ever for the Valentine’s Day gift I gave him. *sigh* Talk about a great Valentine’s Day!

  5. wendy hagen says:

    I love, love, love this. I still haven’t even taken my kids to Burger King yet. At all. Elijah brings it up from time to time. “So and so gets fast food all the time.” “Mom, when are we ever gonna go to Burger King?”

    Last night at dinner the kids talked about how they would eat when they grew up and had the freedom to eat whatever, whenever. Elijah said he was gonna get Burger King every 5 months, Mc Donald’s twice a year, and IN N OUT once a month.

    I might just have to roll him through the drive thru at BK after school today. And then I will see if I can get my name legally changed to Awesome.

  6. wendy hagen says:

    And for the record, I would not be mad if my son was in your car. I would love it for him and his buddies. Unless he was allergic to milk or something. Then I would probably be ticked and teepee your house.

  7. I would eat that all up too….they grow so fast – those are the things that will carry us through our empty nests one day! Found you through BlogFrog – I’ll be back! 🙂 I’m also a teacher and writer. 🙂

  8. Lydia says:

    I’m 27 and my mom used to do this for me as a kid! She got labeled the “cool mom” until the other moms decided she was to much of a rule breaker for their liking. Great memories though and he will be as thankful as I am for it later! 🙂

  9. Well hello “Awesome”…it’s me, “Not-Always-Awesome-But-I-Manage”

    What a great story about how much fun it is to break a rule every now and then. Good times…great memories!

  10. Andrea says:

    How cool are you! LOVE it!

  11. Talina says:

    Awe, so sweet of you and it will be a great memory for you both to share. I hope I remember to steal your milkshake trick when my daughter is school aged!

    “My milkshake brings…”

    Yeah, it was totally running through my head while reading this 🙂

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