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Janelle said in May 26th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

Ok, so these kids went forever without taking a sick day. And? Is that gonna get them anywhere in life? Don’t think so. I have yet to be asked in an interview for a real job, “Did you or did you not have perfect attendance in school? Answer incorrectly and you will NOT get this job!” And I would hate for my biggest accomplishment in life to be that I went all those years with perfect attendance. I hope that I achieve more in my lifetime.

Also, I think it’s important to take a day off every once in a while, if nothing more than just to have some time to yourself. I hate when people say, “I never have any time to myself!” Well, I say, “Make time!” Even if means taking a personal day from work.

Just like I’ve never been asked, “Did you have perfect attendance?” I’ve never seen a co-worker be rewarded for showing up every day for the last however many years to work. Not saying it doesn’t happen in some work places, but I have yet to see it in mine.

My point to this long drawn out comment, who cares about perfect attendance in the real world? When is it important once you start paying your own bills? Wait. Were you just talking about kids and perfect attendance? I took it to another level didn’t I?

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Becky said in May 26th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

I hope your son starts feeling better. Or should should I say, stops puking? Hopefully you didn’t have to clean up the horrible vomit trail….there is nothing worse than that!!!

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Hilly said in May 26th, 2009 at 6:41 pm

One more reason that I’m happy with the NO VACANCY sign in my uterus.


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Faiqa said in May 26th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

Interestingly, Hilly, I, too, have a no vacancy sign in my uterus. 🙂

Also, people who do not shield my well kid from their sick kid? Pure. Evil.

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Sybil Law said in May 26th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

I think perfect attendance records are weird. It’s hard to believe some kid never got sick for years and years. Maybe one year, but multiple years? No – more than likely, those parents sent their kid no matter what. I hate it when parents bitch because they have to take off work when their kid is sick. It’s your kid, for craps’ sake! I realize it’s a hassle to call off yourself, but GAH!
There’s my rant.
Otherwise, I just hope sick people stay away from me AND my kid.
Hope your boy feels better soon! Lots of Phineas and Ferb today?!

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Hilly said in May 26th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

@Faiqa – Hahaha, we totally do have the same sign…but for very different reasons!

Shiny, why the hell don’t you have a “reply to each commenter” function on your blog? The person who designed this template is a slackass!

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shiny said in May 27th, 2009 at 11:39 pm

Janelle: The WashPost story had people discussing exactly that in the comments: if the kid’s main accomplishment in school is being known for simply showing up — is that really the best thing? I mean, I suppose there are worse things to be known for in school. But to me, a perfect attendance is kind of like getting a 200 on your SATs for writing your name and filling in the appropriate ovals.

Becky: Thanks — This time around my wife got the most of it. However, that evening one of our cats hairballed all over the carpet. And the other one peed on the bed. It was the magical night of gross bodily fluids… Whee!

Hilly and Faiqa – the NO VACANCY Twins: You two crack me up. Just because…

Sybil Law: Lots of P&F (including the episode where Doofenshmirtz creates his own island out of felt — my favorite so far) and Cars and Crazy Taxi on the computer. Twas a memorable day. Sadly, now it’s my turn to come down with a cold. Le Blech…

Hilly: There’s a simpler reason I don’t have that plugin — it has nothing to do with the incompetence of my personal blog designer whatsoever. The long and short of it: I would have to actually reply to comments. Which I never do.

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ame i. said in May 30th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

heh,daughter the 1st(11) has been so close to not missing a day of school, only to be smacked down by the type B flu in April. I should have waited until November to take her to the doc for flu-mist, maybe.
Sometimes this same daughter’s tummy decides that everything she has eaten in the last 48 hours must come Outa There Right Now. It’s frightening, I say! No fever, no other symptoms at all, just a major purge of her digestive system. A few hours later she feels better and is very hungry. I’m just glad she makes it to the bathroom or the trashcan in her bedroom.

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whall said in June 15th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Yeah, I’m on the opposite side I think. I went to school even when sick sometimes, and it wasn’t my parents making me. I just didn’t like being thought of as “sick”. Weak. Ready to be eliminated if the choice came up that day.

Once I realized that I could take sick days without the stigma, I was “sick” more often. I hated it.

And maybe that kid puking buckets had actually eated a few toy GI Joe buckets earlier, and he was just spitting them out. You never know with kids.


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