Orchestra kids made best of bad trip home | Letter

Apr 16, 2014

Editor, The Beacon:

I recently returned from traveling as a chaperone with the Kamiak High School Orchestra to Costa Rica. Those involved with this trip understand when I say it did not go as perfectly as planned.

I have been receiving many applause from co-chaperones and parents of the children that were put in my charge – I am guessing because I managed to get us all back home safely with all our luggage, instruments and wits after succumbing to missed flights and unexpected nights spent in two cities!

I believe, however, that my success as a chaperone can truly be attributed to the group of kids I managed, and they deserve a shout out as well! During our travels to and from, these kids were re-routed through 10 different cities, some traveling for over 81 hours total.

They jumped the myriad of pitfalls we encountered, stayed focused, looked out for each other and even worked together to book hotels on the fly in the cities where we were stranded.

All the above was done with very minimal complaining, positive attitudes, humor and absolute empathy and respect for me, their chaperone.

So, thank you Maddy Eglian, Talia Vyeson, Taylor Martin, Annie Cahill, Rebecca Croft, Arianna Ernotte, Aleina Cudnofskey and Nicole Vijgen! You made the best of a bad situation and my trials and tribulations much more tolerable.

Sincerely,

Jenny Eglian,

aka “Chaperonie,”

Edmonds

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