Why Aren't I in school?

Mimi sleepily shuffled down the hall around ten yesterday morning and asked me why she wasn’t in school.  I told her that I tried to wake her up but that I was feeling really sick and fell back to sleep before she crawled out of bed.  The power of suggestion was just as strong as ever because she immediately realized how sore her throat was and started coughing.  Poor little thing was just as sick as I was.

 Then KT realized that her baby sister was finally awake and started jumping up and down crying out in a panicked voice that we had all overslept and we had to hurry and get ready for school.  Mimi just looked at her in confusion. 

KT and I really should have gotten our story straight before Mimi woke up. Then maybe she would have believed us.   It never once occurred to either of us to just be straight with her.  It’s much more entertaining to make something up.  (Does this give you an idea of the silliness that goes on in our house?)

The truth was there simply was no school yesterday.  A little niggly feeling in the back of  my head caused me to check the school district website.  The girls’ school is out in the boonies a bit and because of the Wednesday’s nasty windstorm, there was no power. And because ours was the only school in the district that was closed, we don’t have to make it up at the end of the year.  What a rare treat!

We had a day to do anything that we wanted to do.  We proved that we were nothing but a bunch of bums when we stayed in our PJ’s all day long and just did whatever we wanted.  It was a wonderful day of just piddling and some sorely needed downtime. 

I’d like to say that when  I went in to wake the girls up this morning that they jumped out of bed and were eager to get back to school.  Instead, they mostly just  wanted to know if I was sure they had school today… 

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12 Responses to Why Aren't I in school?

  1. Coffespaz says:

    Cool household!! I love a family that can be open and fun with each other. Of course, I was Mimi too….the little one in the nest and usually the most gullible. 🙂

    Glad you enjoyed your day off, its really nice to have those once in a while!

  2. Coffespaz says:

    Cool household!! I love a family that can be open and fun with each other. Of course, I was “Mimi” too….the little one in the nest and, as it turned out, usually the most gullible. 🙂 Of course, now I am the one playing rare tricks on them! tee hee

    Glad you enjoyed your day off, its really nice to have those once in a while!

  3. Jay says:

    The unexpected day off from school is one of the coolest things ever. When I was a kid we would not have school on bad snow days but we could kinda predict that. But, when the phone company building blew up because of a gas leak!?! That was three free days we never saw coming! OH so much fun.

  4. Newt says:

    Aren’t those the best days? When you get to pretend the whole world doesn’t really exist. Snow days were fun days. Except the shoveling part…..

  5. Lynanne says:

    No school due to a windstorm? Ooooo, wow, why didn’t we have those? Here its either blizzards or sweltering heat/humidity. Yeah, the midwest is like that.

  6. Peggy says:

    Snowdays! Eating your breakfast with the radio on. Squeezing your eyes shut when they start to read the schools that are closed. “Please please please please”

    It seemed that our school was the hardiest. All other schools around us would be closed and ours stayed ruggedly OPEN. Every once and a while, when the snow was too deep, we got a day.

  7. mjd says:

    Snow days and other days off school can be such fun. I ,too, am a little neurotic about knowing if the day has really been canceled. Staff members at our school are called by the pathway of a phone tree. Even though we can find out in other ways, I never feel confident about the free day until the official phone call. In Indiana for many years, we did not have to make-up snow days. We were paid anyways so our snow days really were free days with pay.

  8. Kell says:

    I love Pajama Days! Sounds like a wonderful way to spend your day. Quite a treat.

  9. gawilli says:

    I am in the school employee group that is expected to report “as soon as safely possible”, which still doesn’t seem quite fair! Those unexpected “free days” were the best as a kid, and as a mom pre-employment years. Glad yours was a good one!

  10. Susan says:

    It rarely snow here, so we have to take what we can get as far as free days! We have LOTS of huge, really tall trees with branches about as big as a normal tree. Windstorms break branches off causing them to either block roads or tear down power lines. (I haven’t figured out why they having buried those lines yet!)

    Windstorms can be a little spooky when you keep hearing THUMP THUMP THUMP on your roof. And you watch the cedars swaying back and forth…willing those long tap roots to HOLD ON!

    We don’t bother with listening to the radio, simply check the district website online. Assuming we have power….

    Jay…I’m still in awe of the phone company blowing up!!!

  11. Coffespaz says:

    Just wanted to post a Happy Thanksgiving before we all scatter for the holidays. If you are travelling, be safe.

    Thanks for the laughs and the wonderful stories!

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