elementary kids. plus the zoo. plus fabulous weather. equals a great day. also, being represented as a stick person in their journal as the highlight of their day. at least three retired educators have told me that I will always remember these kids; they proceeded to rattle off the names of students from their student teaching experiences 30, 40+ years ago effortlessly, describing attitudes and quirks of the individuals. the only group of students that will impact me more, they all say, will be my first class, the ones in my first classroom when I'm not a sub anymore. and flying by the seat of my pants. they say this with a wink and a smile.