Matt accompanied Harper on a field trip today.
Ugh - field trips.
I could say a lot about field trips.
I will say more later.
Today Harper went with all the preschoolers from her school to a dairy. They got to see/feed animals (Harper wearing gloves because we couldn't be 100% sure the goat feed was free of peanut products). They got to watch a video about milking and got to milk "cow statues" (term credit: Harper). They got to sample some of the ice cream made on the premises (deemed safe after I talked to the general manager on the phone for nearly an hour one day last week). They rode a hay-less hay ride. And then they were all supposed to sit down to lunch together.
Even though no less than three information sheets went home about the field trip which asked people please not to pack peanut butter or peanut products in their lunches, people did. So Matt left early with Harper and she had her lunch at home instead of with her classmates. Once again (remember Valentines?) parents either failed to read the notes from school or chose to ignore them.
I was not happy.
A) It's preschool, if you can't read the volume of "mail" that comes home from preschool you are going to have trouble when your kid is in grade school. Or has to apply to college, or summer camp.
B) Ignoring the request that you not send peanut products to the trip could have endangered my kid's life - thanks!
C) I know, it is kind of a pain to make lunch for a four-year-old without peanut butter... Welcome to my world!
I totally supported Matt's decision (better safe than sorry) but am once again miffed that there was even a decision to be made.