In honor of To Blog Or's brave/foolish recent attendance at his school reunion, I thought I might share a little of my formative years...
When I was sixteen, I was late to school every day.
Every. Single. Day.
I was sixteen and in the habit of staying up until 3 or 4 in the morning so once I got to sleep I wasn't excited about getting up early enough to go to Homeroom. Homeroom was when they checked attendance and made announcements about JV bake sales and such.
I saw it as optional.*
The vice principle had a different take on it.
He called my mother and asked her to come in. She was none too happy about missing work.
I was not invited to the meeting between Vice Principle and Mum but I can imagine how it went, based on the fact that I know my mum. Here's how I imagine it went down:
VP: Thanks for coming in, Mrs. F.
Mum: I'm missing work so whatever it is, can we make it quick, please?
VP: We have a serious problem. LA is late to school every day.
VP: She needs to come to school on time.
Mum: She's sixteen. What do you want me to do, drag her here?
VP: She's missing Homeroom every day. We can't have that.
Mum: Homeroom? What's that?
VP: We take attendance first thing in the morning and make announcements.
Mum: Oh. ...And?
VP: You can understand how important it is that she be on time...
Mum: Is she failing anything?
VP: Well... no...
Mum: Then I don't see a problem. In fact, as long as we're here, I have a few things to say to you about how much time is wasted in this school. Take "Gym". Where I come from, we learned all kinds of subjects, like Latin and Advanced Calculus, and we didn't waste our time playing on a field. Now here's what I think you ought to do [insert diatribe about how terrible American schools are and how she'd like Gym and maybe a few other subjects eliminated from the curriculum.]
I never got hassled again. In fact, the Vice Principle avoided eye contact when I passed him in the hall. Heh. Mum rocks!
* Who me? Issues with authority? Um, yeah, you could say that. Where some see "rules", I see "guidelines"... "suggestions"... "possible approaches." Now doesn't that sound more reasonable?