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Field Trips and Werewolves

I was called into a conference room where two men in their mid-30s were leaning into a computer monitor reviewing something I had apparently written and submitted to them.

It was some sort of documentation explaining my need to be with Charlie in case of emergency. They seemed like a couple of nice guys and appeared accommodating to my requests.

My outside-looking-in self didn’t know what to make of the animated images my dream self added to the document the guys were reviewing; an image of a black Labrador sitting in a movie theater and then suddenly morphing violently into a werewolf.

The two guys nodded their heads at the animation and then at me.

“Just some images I added,” I said weakly.

They seemed OK with my response.

One doesn’t have to dig too deep to realize that this is about an upcoming school field trip Charlie is going on. I’m waiting on the principal to call me back and let me know if it’s alright that I go to keep an eye on Charlie.

I have been on every field trip Charlie has ever gone on. Aquariums, baseball games, zoos, planetariums … all of ‘em.

He has definitely been on a longer leash since starting middle school in September and by relying heavily on the Dexcom and his iPhone, Charlie has become much more independent. Still, we’re just not sure we’re ready for him to be on his own in this setting. I think we’re getting close, but we’re just not there yet.

And what if the next field trip is to the movies? Who will protect him from the werewolves???

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