‘Mom thought it was Sunday’
And other reasons for being late to school

       About a year ago, the Westside Pioneer ran a list of excuses for being late that had been compiled during the 2005-06 school year by Lisa Kadlec, administrative assistant at Whittier Elementary. Here is a “why I was late” list from Kadlec for this school year:
       My mom and brother were fighting too long.
       I was chasing a puppy.
       My sister had to do her hair.
       Dad went the wrong way.
       Mom was tired.
       We went craw-dadding last night.
       We just woke up because we went to bed early last night.
       Grandma fell asleep.
       Mom's nail fell off.
       I didn't eat my eggs fast enough; there was too much pepper on them.
       We had to walk the long way.
       “Slow motion.”
       Mom thought it was Sunday.
       My sister had to fix her leggings.
       My sister was cranky.

       The following memorable school moments were taken from an in-house book titled “Memorable Moments - Washington Elementary, School Year 2002-2003” (provided to the Pioneer by Karon Burch, administrative assistant at Washington):
       “Nick was called down to do the Pledge of Allegiance. He was so excited. His voice was clear and loud and confident as he began the pledge:
       “'I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God…'
       “You could see it in his eyes, hear it in his voice, he had forgotten the next word… he continued:
       “'UNBELIEVABLE, with liberty and justice for all.' ”
       “A mother called to explain why her daughter would be two hours late. The mother proceeded to tell me that she had been in Cripple Creek yesterday and overslept this morning so she did not get her daughter to school. She also wanted me to know that she (the mother) had the 'toothache from h---' yesterday, and, 'Do you know that after three shots of whisky that toothache was gone!' ”