For more than a year, the girls' middle school band has been fundraising for their big trip. Since they have been in band, they have traveled to St. Louis and Louisville with the band. These weekend trips have been fun experiences for them.
The big trip to Walt Disney World was in another category. Instead of a bus to a nearby city, the band would fly to Orlando. They would perform at Walt Disney World. It was a tremendous opportunity for a once-in-a-lifetime trip.
After all, as I said whenever we were fundraising, "Our girls are talented, but I don't see any other way they will perform at Disney." It always made the other parents laugh.
The night before the trip we made sure the girls were completely packed. They only needed to roll out of bed, brush their teeth and get into the car.
We drove into the middle school parking lot at 3:00 a.m. The parking lot was filled with parents and students and luggage and musical instruments. The kids were very excited. One of the girls' friends had never been on a plane before. She looked at her mom and said, "I cannot believe it's really here."
They took a 5:00 a.m. flight down to Orlando. I kept thinking about the poor businessperson who booked an early flight. This person probably thought he/she was going to have a quiet flight. The sight of 75 middle school students and chaperones getting onto the flight probably woke up the sleepy adults who were not with the band.