Monday, October 10, 2011

Happy Columbus Day

This morning, Caleb came bounding down the stairs. He was beaming as he announced, "I don't have school today."

I looked at him with bewilderment.

He continued, "It's a holiday, we don't have school."

"Holiday, what holiday?" I questioned.

He seemed visibly irritated at my ignorance, "Columbus Day, of course."

I smiled and gently explained that Columbus Day may be a holiday of sorts, but it wasn't a holiday that preventing him from attending school.

His smile faded, and a scowl appeared.

It seemed the Columbus Day excuse was contagious.

Connor told me he didn't have to read, due to the holiday and all.

Cooper thought it inhuman to demand chores on such a momentous day.

With each protest, I stood firm. Columbus Day or not, life would carry on as usual.

Sighs. Protests. Frustration. Acceptance.

I'm bracing myself for Halloween.

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