|"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."
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?