The last (we hope) arctic blast of the 2014 winter closed our schools Monday and Tuesday of this week. With all signs pointing to school kicking back into gear tomorrow I informed the kids that I’d received an important update from their principle. I told them they were extending school hours tomorrow to make up for the lost time.
“Dad’s kidding,” my middle child said. “Really I said?” Then I pulled out my phone and acted as if I were reading the e-mail.
It says, “To make up for the past two days, we will be adding a second lunch and extending classes until 7:30 pm both Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Parents should also include a third snack for all elementary students as well as an extra drink. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but felt it would be better to make up the time now rather than jeopardize our spring break later this month.”
“That’s SO NOT FAIR!” “Are you KIDDING ME?!” “NO, NOT GONNA DO IT!”
“Hey,” I said, “would you rather miss spring break?”
“FINE!” Was the last thing I heard.
I went about cleaning up the kitchen after dinner and getting the kids to take their showers, etc. Just a normal wrapping up of the day. I’d thought they had caught on or that they’d at least ask again if I was kidding. But then, as I was tucking my nine-year-old in for the night she said, “I can’t believe I have to stay at school until 7:30 tomorrow.”
“I was just kidding sweetheart,” I said.
Annnnnndddd … scene.