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I’m going to go ahead and put it out there; I have a horrible memory.

Case in point, my husband had surgery when we were dating, and I rode the bus and subway with him deep into Brooklyn to get it… or so he says. I literally do not remember a single thing about that day.

I’ll tell you what, though. I definitely remember the time my mom chaperoned my class on a field trip to the zoo. Sure, that might be because she fainted from the heat and we got to ride around the zoo in a golf cart, but I digress.

You never know what memories are going to stick, which is one of the reasons it’s so important to me to be there for as many of Miles’ big days as I can, including his class field trip to the zoo last week.

First and foremost, my appreciation for Miles’ teachers grew exponentially from the moment we set foot on the bus. Twenty-eight five and six year olds are no joke!

Okay, back to the zoo.

If you’re in New Jersey, Turtle Back Zoo is a good one, especially if you have young children. It’s large enough without being overwhelming. (I’m looking at you, Bronx Zoo.)

The class stayed together for the day, and were able to take in most of what the zoo has to offer. Above you’ll see a sleeping hyena (they’re huge!), along with some penguins, a giraffe, and a peacock.

My guy had a great day… until it came time for the afternoon ride on the zoo’s train.

I guess he was hoping to sit with a friend because he promptly let me know that I had “ruined his life,” and reminded me that “no means no” after I sat with him despite his pleadings.


He got over it pretty quickly afterward, but not before I considered trading him in for this guy from the petting zoo.


All in all, we had a pretty great day. We even followed it up with a little shopping and a stop at Menchie’s for froyo.


I know it looks like he’s been crying, but this kid suffers from seasonal allergies just like his dad. 🤷‍♀️

Do you have a good memory? Do you remember any of your field trips as a kid? Did your parents ever chaperone?

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