Sunday, May 1, 2011

Catch Up Class

During 3rd grade my teacher would write the name of every sick student on the chalkboard and then compile a list of every assignment they'd missed while they were out. It was a running total, and at the end of each day she'd write in all the things we'd done that the sick kid would have to complete whenever he or she returned. Normally it would be two or three items under each name when the kid returned to school, but once I was out an entire week with the flu. I got back to class and saw my name on the board. The list spilled into two columns -- stacks of at least 20 assignments each. I took one look at the list of work to be done and walked to the front of the class to tell my teacher I was still feeling sick.

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