Friday, June 17, 2011

Ruby Falls

So today was another long bus ride kind of field trip that left me exhausted and needing adult beverages by the time I got home. Obviously, I'm already a professional, but that doesn't mean my brain wasn't ready to explode from the sheer volume of screaming children. Ruby Falls is a cave system with the highest underground waterfall in the country. It was pretty interesting, but we had to drive 2 and 1/2 hours on the bus to get there which makes for very restless kids who don't care about anything but running and screaming. These are two VERY bad things when you're underground. Trapped in a cave. with 80 little bodies all trying to push each other.

For as ridiculous as today was though, it came along with some pretty hysterical moments, here are some of my favorite quotes from the day:

"If I had 3 wishes I want to be a werewolf so that I can eat people because I think that would be really cool"

After I attempted to lay my head on Noor's lap, "I'm not a pillow! I'm a buffalo!"

The second we got on the bus and got seated, Brian very matter of factly says, "Ok Mrs. Richards, I'll just let you know when I feel like I'm going to throw up." Uhhhhh please don't throw up?

"I'm going to read your mind!" puts ear to my forehead "oh weird, it sounds dusty in there."


"Can you lick my armpits for me?"

While trying to make the point the none of the students know my first name, I asked, "What is my first name?" response: "SPAGHETTI!" Duh. Spaghetti Richards is definitely my name.

On the bus with my boys....

Sarah looking out at Chattanooga

In the cave, iphone flash that makes everyone look scary



The waterfall would have been way cooler to me if I didn't also come with an artificial light show. The blue/purple/red/green light was a little hokey. But overall it was a really beautiful sight. 

Another one of the better things from today is that the kids revealed to me that they believe our newest employee, Jon, is a vampire. No joke whatsoever. They truly believe he is a real live vampire. Once this was made known to me, I spent the rest of the day exploiting it. How is he not melting in the sunlight? Well obvious, he has sunglasses on. Will he attack us and try to suck our blood? Only if you scare him, or make him really mad. Be VERY CAREFUL around him. I also told them that when we got into the cave he would turn into a bat (this may have contributed to the screaming, oops). I laughed about this A LOT today. Especially when one of the kids told me that he made a wish at the waterfall and couldn't tell me what is was but he wanted to tell the vampire since he's not alive and it doesn't count :) I love their little minds hahahahaha

This is my job, and I kinda love it. Not always in the moment, but looking back, I can't help but smile haha


  1. I can't get over the vampire thing. Way too funny!

  2. It's the greatest part of my job for sure haha

  3. haha, insane. that cave seems so tight. i wanna visit it! poor dana, though. so many kids would make me go crazy.

  4. I'm glad y'all had so much fun! I admire you teachers for sure, that's a big job..and so many kids! agh! ... Hilaaarious story about the vampires too! ha

  5. THat is so awesome! Only I probably couldn't do it because I am stinkin' claustrophobic. But still. Who knew?


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