Monday, October 8, 2012

Yep, that's a Flub

"Excuse me, ma'am, do you realize your child is not in attendance at the school today?"

My husband doesn't work today. It's a holiday.  

And it's my second oldest child's last day visiting from out of state (in my mind bringing further closure to the long holiday weekend).

So...I made pumpkin patch plans (thwarted by hubby and little man coming down with the flu)...but still, I made long-weekend/holiday plans. 

But guess what, I just got a call...from my son's school.

And to make matters worse, his school sends automated messages all of the time, so I thought it was one of those and just picked up the phone not saying anything (expecting to listen to recorded babble).  

Nothing on the other end of the line.  

Hmm...maybe it's voice activated, I thought.

So I said, 'hellooooooooooooooooooooo,' very loudly and obnoxiously (not something I would normally do, but for some reason felt compelled to do today).

And much to my chagrin, the secretary of the school began to speak (yeah, a real live person)., "Hello, I'm calling on behalf of your son's school to see why he isn't in attendance today."

My very surprised response, "Oh my gosh, there's school today??? I thought it was a holiday!"

She wasn't amused, or all that understanding.  Could have been the 'hello' I'd just offered her (which I was too surprised to explain).  Or it could have been that I didn't know my own child's school schedule that had her irked...  

In retrospect there wasn't any mention of 'no school' in any of the paperwork he brought home, or on the printed school calendar on our 'fridge.  And when I told my youngest on Friday that it was a long weekend and he didn't have school on Monday he did, to his credit, say, "I think we do mom, Mrs. M. didn't say we don't.'  

"Trust me, son, you don't." 

Mmm hmmm.

Thankfully he's too young to make that connection and rub it in.  Too bad his much older brother is not. -__-


And as a last thought, I wonder if his secretary really believes he has the flu?


26 comments:

  1. I was just listening to 2 teenagers last night (not my own thank goodness) complaining about not getting Columbus Day off from school.
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    1. Nice of you to come visit. :) I can't remember if we had Columbus Day off, but I'm thinking we did (too many years ago to remember now).

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  2. HA! too funny.. My 3 big boys had school today also, they never have off this day! I did that one time also, thinking it was a recorder from the kids school, and then it was the guidance counselor OMG!

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    1. Happy to be in good company with the phone thing. :)

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  3. LOL! I think I might make the same mistake once my son goes to school. Our country has a looooot of holidays and even cancellations of classes during storms/typhoons take so long to be implemented so sometimes the best call whether on not you'll send your kids to school is by instinct around here.

    What happened afterwards?! :D

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    1. I told her he wouldn't be in because he had the flu, and she said ok, she'd mark it down, lol. I hope I wasn't last on her list of people to call...def. not a call I want to be remembered for, lol.

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  4. Same here. I was in Downtown Disney having fun with my kids last night and I didn't realize that there was school for them today. We came home late and so I didn't bother to send him. I'm from NY - they always have this day off but nope not here in Florida.

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    1. When I lived in FL. I took the kids to Disney many times (because it was four days, park hopper passes, for $99!), but I never saw Downtown Disney until a couple of years ago. Nice place! And when we ate there Wolfgang Puck was cooking which was very cool!

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  5. Oooops! I am SURE she probably thought you were being sarcastic. LOL! That's kinda funny. My son is home today. Even though it is Columbus Day I think the schools observe it because we live in a military town and they are off. The school district is using it as a teacher's workday. I hope little man gets to feel better soon.

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    1. Thanks, Kenya. It's always hard to tell with him because he wants to play when he's sick too. I've never seen anything like it. Getting him to rest is like pulling teeth (which I've never done but assume is hard ;) ).

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  6. Ha! That is totally something I would do. I'm not sure I'd like being called every time my child was sick and had to miss school, though. That's kinda invasive in my opinion-as if you are just a glorified babysitter while the child is not in school. If after missing a week, they wanted to call and check on him...I'd understand...but one day? None of their business in my opinion.

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    1. I bet you I keep on top of days off from now on, lol. :)

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  7. We always got the day off from school when I was young. I am a little surprised to know that many don't, but hey, we used to get a lot of things off that they no longer do. I am of two minds whether I would want the school system asking WHY my child was out of school today though. The sarcasm would have dripped from my mouth too!

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    1. I don't mind them calling. It comes in handy when they get older. ;)



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  8. Uh oh!! Why the heck did he have school on a holiday? It was funny because my kids and husband were all home, but it didn't occur to me that I still had to work (from home) until 9 pm on Sunday night, so our plans for the day were on hold until I was done with work.

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    1. I think that's it, my mindset was that it was a holiday because hubby was off. I felt like a dummy for not checking though. Hope you got your work done w/enough time to still have fun. :)

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  9. Haha! I can find myself in your shoes but not with my son ( he's just a toddler) but with myself during school days.

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    1. The teacher was nice when we walked in this morning, so I guess we're not in trouble. ;) :)

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  10. Our school sends those darn automated messages all the time too. I cringe when the number comes up because I know it's going to be a long and pretty much annoying message :(

    I hope everyone is feeling better at your house now. We have been fighting the flu here too this weekend. Just me and my husband. Then my daughter woke up vomiting this morning. It has been a loooong weekend here!

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    1. Boo. I hope everyone is feeling better soon!

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  11. ha! this sounds like something that will happened to me when my son starts school.

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    1. It won't because hopefully you'll remember this and never, ever let it happen. Ha, something good came from my error (I hope). :)

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  12. Whoops. I can totally feel your pain of a long obnoxious greeting thinking no one is there or, when it comes to cell phones, thinking they called you by accident. Oh, well, at least you all had a fund family day :)

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    1. Hopefully I'll remember to always be pleasant when I answer my phone. :) My husband thought the whole thing was amusing, but I think that's because it was me and not him who did it. ;)

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  13. They have a file on you in the office now.

    You should have told her you kept him home to teach him about what an incredible historical figure Chris Columbus is. The named a zoo and a college after him, even, and I think a hockey team.

    (You should have acted like *you* were an automated answer to the call. Next time.)

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    1. I waved at the secretary and gave her a huge happy smile. Luckily she was still pleasant...prolly too busy to even remember my flub (hurrah!). :)

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