Monday, May 28, 2007

European trip

I have been busy getting Preston packed and ready to leave for Europe on Wednesday. The teacher who is in charge of the trip wants us to meet at 5:30 AM. The plane doesn't take off until 11:05 AM from Tampa, which is about a 40 minute drive from here. She and her husband are taking 25 high school kids, and she has done this many times before (but why so early???) I guess she will be allowing for any last minute problems. I have volunteered to drive to the airport because I can fit six kids in my car. Preston has his passport and some Euros & Swiss Francs, so he should be OK if he wants to spend some money. Since he is on a tour, most of his activities are planned, and he will visit Germany, Italy & Switzerland before returning in 10 days. I just hope that he has a good time, because I think it is a trip that he will remember the rest of his life. Many people have asked me why I did not go with him. The truth is that not only can I NOT afford it, but I have never had the desire to visit Europe. My dream trip would be "down under", and I will do that before I die! I hope I can keep his luggage under the weight of 50 pounds! I have packed snacks for him in his checked bag and also his carry on! (I don't want my baby boy to be hungry!) Anyway it will be a quick ten fun filled days for him - and what seems like an eternity for me! He will return home to his new job at the GAP store, where I hope he will work a lot of hours this summer.

7 comments:

susan said...

Ahhh, he is spreading his wings!

Hope he has a great experience (and hope you endure also)!

jellyhead said...

I guess with all the security at airports these days, they have to be there 2-3 hrs early, so it's probably not so silly to allow lots of time to make the plane. Still, they'll be tired after that early start plus a long flight!

I know you must be
bit nervous about Preston going. Thinking of you,
Jelly

Motherkitty said...

I'm glad you decided to let him go after all. I know he will remember this trip all his life and thank his mother for giving him this opportunity. Sounds as if he's growing up after all.

I know it will be difficult for you during this time, but don't worry. He will be fine.

Terri said...

He will have a blast...
I sent my oldest son after he graduated from High School..

he had the greatest time...
I worried my tail off the entire time....

I did just find out some "interesting things" recently about that trip to Europe!!! Hummmm.....

Email me if you want to hear about it...

Bob said...

He will love it in Europe pity he isn't making it to the UK, some say we speak a similar language but others know better!

meggie said...

Hope he has a wonderful time.
Dont worry too much, I am sure he will be well looked after.
It seems odd to hear to want to come Downunder, rather than got to Europe.
I am Downunder, & would love to go to Europe.
My son says it feels so different!

Sandy said...

I know how you must be worried, but he will be okay and it's a trip that he'll always remember.

My granddaughter Sarah went during her senior year of HS and later on my great neice backpacked across Europe & those countries with a friend straight out of HS...She wanted to make the trip before she settled down as a freshman in college and work.

Preston will be just fine & he'll have the time of his life!