We spent 5 hours this past Saturday at MicMac Mall where the students were supposed to be shopping for their host families. (I'm not sure many of us wear American Eagle or Hollister!!! But I also saw a few bags from The Body Shop and Homesense.) It was nice day for everyone -- students and chaperones -- to just let them loose to wander and meet other friends who live in Halifax. I ate a Laura Secord ice cream with my co-ordinator and spent at least an hour at Starbucks chatting with the other chaperones.
At 4 pm, we headed across the bridge to Halifax to stake out a spot for the annual Xmas parade. Again, they had an hour or so to wander downtown Halifax which has a lovely street-shopping vibe. Some of us bought flashing Rudolph noses ........ and some of us needed instructions on how to wear them!
|There were husky dogs adorned with Xmas lights pulling sleighs; policemen on horses also draped with lights; a couple of Grinches handing out high-fives; wonderfully dressed jesters; Shriners and angels and snowmen and trees and so on and so on.|
You'd think they'd sleep on the 1.5 hour drive home. No! There was singing competitions between the front and the back .... with a couple of "Shut Up"s yelled out from the vastly out-numbered sleepy kids in the middle.
Ahhhh, out of the mouths of babes!