So I’ve been nursing an acute episode of herniated disk. May in fact be one of the most painful experiences of life up to this point. Suffice it to say, that is primarily why I have been absent from my self-appointed post.
My sister, Jackie doesn’t usually use social media to contact me during my official working hours. Yesterday, she couldn’t wait to share the humorous highlight of the day.
Jackie shares a home during the months not in Florida, with one of her sons and his son, a soon to be nine year old (Gino). Gino prefers electronic activities to just about anything physical (as in sports).
School is back in session; maybe still a little too warm for outside physical activities (gym). So Gino came up with a great plan. Maybe some of you have employed a similar tactic during your school years.
Gino gave the teacher a note. I do recall asking Mom to write me a note here and there during high school. Mostly, the note would be for some legitimate reason such as a sore throat or the plague; something believable and mostly true. Truth of the matter is I hated to miss school; the make up work was always worse than being there.
Mom’s penmanship was not easily deciphered. She could have written the grocery list and I could have passed it as a note from her. Most of the time I had to transcribe said note to the teacher.
I have not spoken directly to Gino; it is not clear when he decided to take matters into his own hands nor when he actually penned the note:
“Dear Mrs.Gross, please don’t send Gino to gym today his feet hurt if they still hurt after school I will take him to the doctor. His dad” (Anyone more advanced in the craft of writing would immediately become suspicious of the run on sentence). That was what Jackie texted to me. At first I was flumoxed. Then it hit me! OMG! I texted back to Jackie, “Whaaaaat?! He wrote his own note?!” Yup.
The teacher made a copy and perhaps a brief explanation, placed in an envelope addressed to “his dad.” She decided to keep the original…FOR HIS PERMANENT RECORD. Or her own amusement. Gotta hand it to the young man, he may now unofficially hold the family record for being the youngest to attempt forgery.
The episode has provided his grandma and silly great aunts a lot of laughs. As “they” say, laughter is the best medicine. Combined with physical therapy and pain relievers and muscle relaxers…