A Sick Day

02.15.11

Jane is home sick today. She’s not sick in the traditional you have a fever you can’t be in the classroom manner. She’s sick in the up coughing all night, drippy nose, really gross cold manner.

To be abundantly clear, had she slept last night I’d be sending her and her drippy nose to school even though I’d be totally irritated if another mother did the same. It’s the fact that she couldn’t sleep that allows her to stay home. That combined with the fact that it rained last night.

How are these things related? I’m glad you asked. Jane is staying home because of three things:

  • She has a cold
  • She did not sleep well last night
  • It rained last night

A cold is quite simply not reason enough to stay home from school. Not sleeping well is  not a reason to stay home from school. Rain on the streets is not reason enough to stay home from school.

When you’re sniffly and coughy and you didn’t sleep much the night before it’s unlikely that you’ll get much done in school the next day. This is sort of a reason to stay home, but it hasn’t reached the tipping point yet. Add to that the fact that it’s Tuesday Morning Ladies Doubles and your mom can’t play tennis because the courts are wet.

Boom.

Home from school.

The day was gonna suck for me anyhow.