Having your parent as a chaperone isn't as bad as you may think. It’s nice because you have their money to spend instead of your own. You don’t need to bring as much stuff. You always have someone who will talk and listen to you. You don’t feel as homesick. They usually pack everything that you might have forgotten. They can take care of you if you get sick (like Hannah). You have the memories to share with them. You don’t have to buy as many gifts because you can buy them together. You will have someone who understands what you talk about when you bring up stories of Tanzania. You can buy more stuff because you have two suitcases to fill. These are just only some of the pros of having your parent as a chaperone. There are some cons of having your parent as a chaperone. The first is that they can easily embarrass you. They know about all what happens here; even the things you don’t want a parent to know about. They also can easily “borrow” money from you (Mama Cin likes to take Hannah’s money a lot). So as you can see, the positives outweigh the negatives.
Throughout this trip, the chaperones have gotten really close. We always see them laughing and having a good time together. For example, they will have random outbursts of laughter during dinner time. Without them, this trip would not have been the same. We can’t thank them enough for all they have done to make this trip possible.
Hannah: Hi fam! I hope you aren’t missing me too much! I love you all and can’t wait to see you!
Marti, I hope you didn’t miss your bunk bed buddy at the cabin too much. ;)
Jared: Hey Dad, Allison, and Kaylee, miss you all! Dad I hope being alone right now doesn’t make you too lonely and I hope that Allison hasn’t taken Libby from you. Can’t wait to see you guys!