We were resolved in our decision to forgo the 8th grade Europe trip for our oldest child. We had a pros and cons list that was torturous, and we chose to sit this one out.
Then Gilbert called me.
Gilbert is the trip coordinator. He is also a dad of a fellow student, one who has grown up with my daughter from the time they were five. He is French, has a passion for sharing his homeland and by ALL accounts and testimonials, "You will NEVER see Paris like you do led by Gilbert! You simply must go!" When Gilbert heard we were not going to make this trip he called me and said simply, "What happened?" He said, "You of ALL people have been talking about Paris for years".
He went on to explain that his fear was that my daughter was going to leave our school and all of the kids that have grown up together, and gone to school together since they were five would never have this chance to experience this trip, this time together again. We only travel this way once in life. Sold.
We leave November 11.