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This morning sometime close to 8 o’clock my daughter Taylor pulled one of those, ‘I don’t feel good, my stomach hurts’ lines; clearly trying to get out of going to school. ( I must say, she has a possibility of making it on Broadway one day)

I looked at my wife and said, ‘OK T, hopefully you’ll feel a little better at about 10 o’clock and we can go in late’. She smiled and continued to watch cartoons. (Hey, maybe she did have a headache in her stomach)

My wife later told me told when she was younger and stayed home on the count of being ill, her father wouldn’t let her out of bed! Shortly before nine, Taylor was up and about in the living room playing with her imaginary friends. We dressed and were out the door before you could say ‘I feel better’.

Do you recall back in the day when you’d fake sick because you didn’t want to go to school? How would your parents react? I was the king of ‘faking’ sick.

How about when we had half days on Wednesday at Holy Name?

Dismissal was at noon. The bell rang and out the front door we went like Wild Horses. I was home, changed into my jeans and sneakers. We would race to see who could get to the schoolyard first.

I believe the kids who attended P.S. 154’s came up to Holy Name for Religious instruction. I think they also called it C.C.D. (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) In a nutshell, it was the teaching of the Catholic Church. If you’re a first time visitor of Container Diaries, we grew up Catholic (Sometimes).

Our teachers would always remind us not to leave anything valuable in our desks. C’mon now, would the public school kids steal anything from us while they were attending Religion instruction?

Besides, I didn’t have anything of value in my desk!

What were they going to do steal a pen? Pencil sharpener? I was actually hoping they’d steal my notebook or textbook!

By the way, who taught Religion to the public school children when they ‘leased’ our classrooms on half-day Wednesdays?

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