Today’s the last day of camp and I could not, for the life of me, get Spencer up and out the door on time. I don’t know how we were only 8 minutes late. He got up at 8:25 for a 9 o’clock start time. It’s not that he doesn’t like school, he does. Spencer just moved so slooooow in the mornings. Well, to be honest, he moves really quickly, we just acomplish things slowly. Take of jammie shirt, run around the room, put on school shirt, jump up and down 10 times, rinse repeat with pants, socks, and shoes. I don’t know how I am going to handle to switch to three days a week from two for next school year.
And then he was unusually quiet on the drive to school, not sure whether it was the 8 stuffed animals he insisted on bringing or his delightful car breakfast of string cheese and crackers and I got to thinking about what is going to happen when he is Monday, Wednesday, Friday next year. Our easy long weekends are over and how much school will I be willing to let him miss if we want to go somewhere. Because we pay for school, I am inclined to say not much. I think he’s missed one non sick day in each of the last two years, that will probably stay the same.
Once he is in a standard school year, our usual midweek/off-season vacation method will have to change for sure. I just don’t think I am a take a kid out of school for vacation sort of person. My parents sure weren’t. I don’t think I ever skipped school for a non-illness reason, maybe a wedding once. My mom was a stickler. A story about this popped in my head on the drive to school.
When I was in middle school, I was obsessed with Days of Our Lives. Because I am super old, this was mid80s Days – Frankie & Jennifer, Bo & Hope, Steve/Patch & Kayla, all the good stuff. I had one friend who was equaly in to the show, she was so lucky, her mom let her subscribe to Soap Opera Digest. We even went to some crazy fan meet and greet at the Greek Theater in LA. But, what I am most bitter about (and also completely forgot about until today) was the wedding incident.
My friend somehow got tickets to be in the church/audience for a Days of Our Lives wedding, the wedding, KAYLA’S wedding and got a ticket for me so I could go to. Mind blowing for a 13 year-old. But, there was one minor problem. It was on a school day. I begged and pleaded. I had straight As, no tests that day. The world would not end if I missed one day of school, but nope. I didn’t go. Best part of this whole story? My mom went instead of me. Lucky her. I still have the video tape somewhere. They even had aisle seats and you can see them on the show.