By the time you read this, I’ll be in Paris with a group of students. From this end of the trip, all I can see is a detailed itinerary, a budget, and the faces of ten students, most of whom have never before been to France.
The French say, “Il ne faut rien laisser au hasard” (eel nuh foe ree-n less-ay owe ha-zar), which means “Leave nothing to chance.” I’ve led several of these trips now, and I’ve learned that all my plans can be derailed by weather, a missed flight, a transportation strike, the list goes on. You may have heard the expression “Man proposes, God disposes” and it rings true to my experience.
On one prior trip, a student wandered off following a group of students who were wearing berets, just like her classmates. It took forty-five terrifying minutes to find her. Another student accidentally hit a child and then deliberately shoved the under-cover cop who wanted him to apologize. All my student knew was that a stranger had put put a hand on him to stop. In short, anything is possible. Wish me luck.