April 23, 2010

Strawberry Blushes

“One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.”
-Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

There are two very important things to remember when you go on a strawberry picking field trip:

1.  The price of the field trip does not include a bucket full of berries.  You get a little plastic container to fill, and if you want a gallon bucket, that is $10 (plus $1 if you want to keep the bucket.)  I would probably have known this if not for #2.

What we should have been doing.

2.  I don't think kids should be seen and not heard.  I do not think my son was talking too much (upon further reflection, at the time I wasn't able to see that.)  Despite this, I am easily embarrassed.  Hearing "Whose kid won't shut up?" immediately put me on the defensive.  At that point, even though I kept telling myself to calm down and be mindful, my natural responses kicked in.  I made things worse by trying to simultaneously keep all of my children quiet and sitting; an impossible task.

I do have the greatest friends in the world though.  Two amazing women helped bring me back down to earth.  Thank you ladies.  I love you both dearly!

And now on to the fun part of the strawberry picking.  :)

To freeze.

Yum!  Strawberry Shortcake!


  1. I'm so glad you feel a little better about it. He was just being enthusiastic- not even in an annoying way! And that comment? Seriously? Some people just don't THINK before opening their mouths. (Not that I should cast stones, or anything. . . ) Either the woman was just having an off morning or she has very little exposure to cheerful, active, inquisitive children. Either way there's no need for you to worry about it. :D

    That shortcake? Looks fantastic!

  2. My mama bear act would have come out full force if somebody said that about a KID, especially my kid, out in a field where kids should be allowed to be free. Blah. I am glad you had friends there to support you and it hopefully didn't ruin your trip.

  3. What a tremendously rude thing to say, especially to a child. I'm glad you had a few kind friends around to put things back into perspective.

  4. The strawberries look beautiful! So sorry you had to have a rude comment thrown in your family's direction!

  5. Thank you.

    Our trip was still very nice and I'm glad we went. I would definitely do it again.

  6. First, I'm jealous that you are already picking strawberries!

    Second, I'm trying to imagine why picking strawberries requires quiet kids.

    Anyway, glad you had a good time.

  7. As part of our field trip, we got a chance to learn about how they plant and maintain the strawberries. It was before he began, that Robotson was talking to him, preventing him from starting. Not during the actual picking :)

  8. Ah, I see. Regardless the comment was certainly unnecessarily rude!