Last Tuesday morning ten of us volunteer parent chaperones gathered in room #106 to receive our marching orders for our four hour or more journey to the campsite that would be our home for three nights.
I thought the only passengers in my car would be my son & three of his classmates but I quickly learned that I would be joined by an adult passenger. The students’ math tutor not only rode in my car, we engaged in conversation that was anything but small talk. In the ferry line just fifteen minutes from school we discovered shared passions, similar outlooks on life and parellel spiritual views. Both writers we found heartfelt connection through words, song and comfortable silence.
Every new topic of conversation brought about one more discovery of commonality. Bonding through mutual understanding. United through experience and perspective. It isn’t every day that you go on a school field trip with your child’s class and connect on a level that matters deeply with another chaperone.
The unfolding of the days camping brought about more shared connection and not just with my car companion. The other chaperones could be seen hiking through the rainforest, walking the beach, making coffee at camp or sitting around the campfire engaged in deep conversation. I found solace in many conversations over mental illness, travelling abroad, cooking, good books and drunken stories of youth. As we performed our duties, we made each other laugh and talked about things we care about, not the weather.
It is an added bonus, a divine gift, synchronicity at its finest to have a connection with someone you aren’t expecting to do much more with than be on the same field trip.
Life is a field trip filled with possibility and how so very lovely that we get the honor of meeting other souls along the way. For this is the stuff that matters, the soul connections that give depth, fruit and light for the journey.
Jenny Gwinn McGlothern is a Certified Transformational Master Life Coach, Retreat Leader and Writer. As founder of Mama Needs A Refill, LLC, she is passionate about all people, not just mamas, receiving an authentic physical, mental, emotional, spiritual refill. She says, “One cannot pour from an empty cup,” and offers her clients the possibility and power of pouring for themselves, first. She is also co-facilitator at Seattle Life Coach Training (www.seattlelifecoachtraining.com), where the school “trains to transform lives.” You can find her on FaceBook, www.FaceBook.com/MamaNeedsARefill or visit her website: www.mamaneedsarefill.com)