Playing Hookey

“Mom, if I got a concussion would I have to go to school?” Jay-8

This is what I thought…

“WTF?!?”

But this is what I said…

“Jay, why would you ask me that question?”

This was his response…

“No reason, Mom. Just wondering.”

This is disturbing. At what point did this kid think that self-inflicted brain injury would be a good idea? What the hell is he up to? Hmm, I’m thinking. Still thinking. Thinking some more. Got it! This is what I imagine took place, a conversation between brothers…

“Hey, Will! I’ve got a great idea!”

“Ok, Jay. What da ya thinking?”

“Well, I was thinking if we got ourselves a couple of concussions we might be able to get out of school for a day or two.”

“How in the heck are we gonna do that, Jay?”

“I’m thinking if we took a couple of those bricks out there in the backyard and chucked them at each other…that might do the trick.”

“Jay, I’m not sure this is a good idea. You know how I don’t like pain.”

“C’mon, Will! Don’t be such a baby your whole life. You just need to rattle around your brain enough for a little concussion. Just think…we can spend the whole day in the basement eating freeze pops and playing Xbox.”

That’s it…the damn Xbox!

So tell me, did you ever play hookey from school? 

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47 Responses to Playing Hookey

  1. Scary and hilarious at the same time. The only time I ever played hookey was in 1964. I was in 11th grade and I skipped school in order to go downtown to get tickets for the Beatles premier show in Philly. Buying tickets was almost as bad as the actual concert–thousand of screaming adolescent girls, people getting trampled, etc. But I scored tickets for myself and my friends. It was all worth it.

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  2. ryoko861 says:

    It’s a good thing you know your kids!!! You’re quick! Good girl! Now smack them both upside the head. Maybe YOU can give them the concussion!

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  3. O. Leonard says:

    Oh, yeah, I played hookey from school. Got caught every time. Did most of it in High School though, we had a math class, geometry, taught by an old guy that had a “bottle” in his desk drawer. By the time our class time rolled around he was a bit toasted. The class was broken up by lunch in two halves. We never went back to the second half, and we were never missed. I know nothing about geometry now though, and I think it could have come in handy. I play a mean game of table tennis though.

    Do the boys watch football? Lot of concussion talk going on there. Might have picked it up that the player that suffers a concussion must now sit out the rest of a game. Could have transferred that idea to school.

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    • You’re right! There has been a lot of talk about concussions and they do watch football. Good thinking, Leonard!
      I think I had your geometry teacher for english in high school…that’s why I’m horrible with punctuation. 😉

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  4. artjen1971 says:

    Yeah…to put lemon on my hair and sit in the sun. Think I gave myself away showing up at school the next day tan and blond?

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  5. Your blog is awesome. Never fails to make me laugh!

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  6. jacquelincangro says:

    Never! I was a model student.
    Mr. Kiger, if you’re reading this, I stand by that statement.

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  7. muddledmom says:

    No, I was so lame. Don’t tell my kids, but I hope they “live” a little more than I did! Though I still have to be the parent and, you know, punish them for it, I’m sure I’ll quietly snicker when they’re not around.

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  8. Sandi Ormsby says:

    Ohhhh….Senior Ditch Day (where it was expected that most of the entire senior class would all take off the same day) and head to the beach or somewhere. WELL. Of course, I was busted and was grounded. We all wanted tans before the prom. My mom was more angry over the “forged” signature. Meanwhile, my friends just asked permission from their parents and they had notes written for them! Not my mom, she would have said no. That was my argument and the reason why my friend wrote the note. 🙂

    Sandi
    http://www.ahhsome.wordpress.com
    Lake Forest, CA

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  9. Nancy, you are a funny woman! continue…

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  10. Maybe he was just thinking about jumping off the roof and the consequences thereof. Look if I have a massive headache cuz I landed wrong…do I have to also suffer by going to school

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  11. Carrie says:

    Oh, goodness. YES I did.

    And somehow got caught almost every single time.

    Reading this reminds me of a text my sister got from my oldest niece the other day…she’s 12.

    Niece: What would you do if I got lunch detention?
    Sister: WHY?
    Niece: No reason. Just asking.

    Now you KNOW there’s something brewing in that pot!

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  12. midsummerdreamsandwintertales says:

    All the time. How else does anyone get to the end of high school? I never physically harmed myself to do it, however…

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  13. ANNIE says:

    I believe your darling boys are following the 4th Commandment…Humor thy Father and thy Mother….

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  14. Binky says:

    Maybe he didn’t know what a real concussion was. More likely thinking about a cartoon concussion, with stars and little birdies flying around his head. That kind wouldn’t be so bad!

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  15. The older I got the less school I missed…
    it’s where all the ladies my age were hanging out.
    And there were lots of lockers to head-butt, too (that was actually trendy for a while… we didn’t have much to keep us occupied, you know).
    🙂

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  16. Lenore Diane says:

    While living at home? Heck no – I never skipped school.
    In college?! Um. Yeah. Um. Maybe that’s why. Um. I dunno. I – um – didn’t get the best of – um – grades? Or, maybe it is concussion related.

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  17. John Erickson says:

    Never ducked out of school to go elsewhere, but I will admit to a few over-emphasized sick days.
    I’d be less worried about bricks and more worried about contests of daring-do. It was a simple dare that got me to dive headfirst into concrete, and I only had a sister. With two boys, the depths of silliness are truly unfathomable! 😀

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  18. Karen says:

    I was too much of a goodie-too-shoes to play hookie but I share your sentiment…damn that Xbox!

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  19. cooper says:

    not nearly as much as i should have…

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  20. Is anyone else having problems pulling up their blog subscriptions on WordPress? I can’t access any of them. 😦

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  21. Tony McGurk says:

    He sure has a good imagination for coming up with ways of getting out of school. I just always went with the old “I’m siiiick” line & I used to turn the electric blanket on high abut an hour before hand. Mum would always feel my forehead & say I was very warm & that I better stay home.

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  22. starlaschat says:

    It’s my husbands first year of being a teacher. I never new that some teachers had days when they felt like playing hookey. Ive also learned that sometimes teacher don’t feel like doing their homework either. I don’t know but, I wish I would have known the humaness of teacher more when I was going to school.

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    • Welcome, Starlaschat!
      I have days where I don’t feel like being a grown-up. As a matter of fact, I’m having one of those days today.
      Good luck to your husband on his first year of being a teacher. It’s got to be one of toughest jobs out there.
      Thanks for reading!

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