Growing up, we would spend almost every April vacation in Florida. (Before I get emails accusing me of being a spoiled privileged brat, first picture how hard my dad, a dedicated elevator repairman worked to afford this and how much bickering they must have endured squeezing at least 11 kids at a time into an RV for the 1500 mile trip to Orlando.) Seriously, I'm not even half the parent - I practically lose my patience driving three kids in my minivan across town.
One thing that always surprised me was how cool my parents were with our missing a few days of school on the back end of our trip. It's not like we were the type of family to play hooky, school was important and we were always expected to follow the rules. But when you've got limited vacation time and you're digging deep in your pockets to finance an annual family trip, are you really going to cut it short for the sake of a couple of school days?
As a parent myself, I take school attendance very seriously. Jacob has only missed one day this year, due to a stomach bug. He does extremely well academically and can make up work in about ten minutes, when he sets his mind to it. But when Jeff and I talked about heading north for the weekend to see the grandparents, I practically hyperventilated when considering the option of pulling Jacob out of school for the day. (PS Since when is Good Friday not a day off?)
Should we just do it or wait until after school? I asked myself that question 2,342,281 times. We finally decided on... yes.
As we pile into the Hotyssey for our Easter road trip (with killer dogs and house sitter in tact), I wonder... Do you think it's okay to play hooky once in a while?