I Volunteered to be a Chaperone for Ozark High School Marching Band Trip, Am I Crazy?

Real Estate Agent with Southwest Missouri Realty

Saturday morning at 8:00 am.sharp, my son Jacob and I were at Ozark High School, ready to make the trip to St Louis.  Four buses were scheduled to leave at 9:00 am.  Jacob was curious to see what bus I was going to be a chaperone (police patrol) on and was relieved when I wasn't assigned to his bus.  One hour and forty-five minutes later we hit the road.School Bus

They separated the boys and the girls on different buses to prevent any catastrophes.  I choose a girl bus because I wanted to experience what it would be like to have a daughter.  We had two wonderful boys but there has always been this longing for a girl.  Things were going great!  It was so much fun having a daughter (for a day) and it really did make me feel young and needed again. 

After about 1 hour into the trip I started wondering if I had gotten more than what I had bargained for.  These girls were really needy!  Several girls were mad at their boyfriends and several girls were upset because their best friend said something about them that they shouldn't have. By the end of the trip I was glad it was only for a weekend.

Would I do it again?  Yes, it was just great!  I don't know if I will stay with the girls or switch to the boy bus next time but I will definitely do it again.  They competed at the St. Louis Dome and placed 11th, they just looked fabulous!

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About The Authors:  Betty Knowles is a full-time REALTOR® with Southwest Missouri Realty in Springfield, MO She also served as President of Women’s Council Of REALTORS® in Southwest Missouri.  Betty’s genuine passion is helping people buy and sell homes in Springfield, Ozark, Nixa, and surrounding communities.  

John Knowles is likewise a REALTOR® with Southwest Missouri Realty and a member of the Greater Springfield Board of REALTORS®.  John is also a FAA part 107 certified drone pilot to get those amazing shots and videos of our properties! 


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Comments (4)

Lina Robertson
AMAX Real Estate - Springfield, MO
REALTOR® Serving Springfield, Nixa and Ozark, MO

Betty - I also would have chosen the girl bus.  I have one son, but always wanted a "pink" one, too.  There is a group of high school girls at my son's bus stop.  I guess he watched them as they were talking the other morning and one of the girls looked at him and said, "Was I talking to you?  You don't look at me unless I'm speaking to you."  Such cattiness!  I felt like marching out there and showing her a thing or two, but opted not to.  After watching this group of girls, I am very thankful that I have such a sweet, simple boy whose life revolves around frogs and Nerf guns.  :)

Oct 26, 2009 03:12 PM
David Stevens
Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty, Victoria BC Canada - Victoria, BC
Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty

Hi Betty - I had to laugh at your post - my Mom always said that boys were so much easier to handle (especially as teenagers) than girls! I am the only boy with 2 sisters - little did my Mom know that I got into as much trouble as the girls but didn't get caught!


Oct 27, 2009 07:40 AM
Betty Knowles
Southwest Missouri Realty - Springfield, MO
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Lina - Me too!  The only thing is my oldest would tell me everything and sometimes things that would end up getting him in trouble.  The youngest doesn't share much.  I always have to ask him open ended questions!  They are two different boys and I love it!

Oct 29, 2009 02:00 AM
Betty Knowles
Southwest Missouri Realty - Springfield, MO
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Hi David,  I agree boys are mischievous!  I came from a family of 12, 7 girls and 5 boys, and I am the baby.  My brothers were always getting me in trouble! :)

Oct 29, 2009 02:03 AM