Enterprise City was the coolest field trip. Ever. Now that I look back on it, it really wasn't, but as a little 11-year-old, it was THE epitome of the whole dang elementary school experience.
This is what it was: basically you got to be an "adult" for a day. Now you know why it wasn't as spectacular--as a little kid it seemed SO great to be an adult, but it's really not all it's cracked up to be...
(http://www.enterprisecity.org/ <-- This link has more information if you're really interested.)
Anyways, you got to the "city," and started "working" in your assigned job that you were assigned months before...I mean, we had been seriously preparing for this day all year. You got to earn some "money"--you got three paychecks that you had to go and cash at the bank. You were able to either save up and buy something from one of the stores at the end, or you could buy food...I remember the most coveted job was being a food worker. The teachers matched you up to the job that they thought you'd do best, though. I was assigned "Jewelry Store Accountant," which is ironic since I
hate like other things better than accounting. Even the wages were different for everyone. I think the boss jobs paid the most and accounting was second-highest, so I was satisfied.
Additional notes about the city: there was even a mayor and cops that watched to make sure you didn't walk on the grass. If you got caught, you would have pay a small fine for a ticket.
Anyways, one of the things I chose to purchase with my hard-earned money was a picture at the Photo Shop so I could always remember that day. The teachers had us dress in our church clothes, so I was dressed in my butterfly My Twin Doll dress.
And I took it with a Three Stooges paper cut-out.
I'm not quite sure what I was thinking when I picked it out...I think something along the lines of "Aw, this is great! My dad and I have laughed at these guys on TV before, so I'm going to take a picture with this..."
Yep. Classic, right?
Keepin' it real, even as a fifth grader.