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Do We Get Hoodie Hoo Day Off?

by Tracie Grimes
Tracie is a monthly contributor to Kern County Family Magazine

It’s February, and that means you can count on one thing - lots of holidays.  Okay, I forgot about it being pretty cold, so maybe two things:  lots of holidays and it being pretty cold.  Oh, and there’s one more thing I should probably add: the fact that we are being inundated with commercials telling us to send cards, chocolate, balloons, flowers, and deranged-looking stuffed animals that would never make it in the wild to our friends and loved ones (nothing says “I love you” like a purple, polka-dotted stuffed shark holding a sign that says “I’d love to nibble your ears”).  So, that makes three things you can count on in February: holidays, cold, and useless gifts that either make us fat, deflate and wither, or follow us with their creepy, dead eyes as we walk across the room.

But, back to the holidays in February…  There’s Lincoln’s birthday, Washington’s birthday, Ground Hog Day, Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day, National Pistachio Day, No Brainer Day (my personal favorite), and Public Sleeping Day, just to name a few.  Although most of these important days of remembrance don’t fall on the same day every year, there’s one holiday that remains constant:  Valentines’ Day.  Valentines’ Day will always, always be on February 14.  And, no matter what your kids try to tell you, if February 14 falls on a weekday, school WILL be in session.

My kids tried to tell me one year that “they” (the mysterious “they;” who are “they” anyway?) said there would be no school on Valentine’s Day.  “I swear, Mom.  That’s what they said.”

What do they (not the mysterious “they” but my kids “they”) think?  That I just fell off the turnip truck?  (That’s another thing I’ve always wondered about…why is it a turnip truck?  Why not a carrot truck?  And, why is it a truck at all?  But, I digress…).  I am not going to fall for this trick again.  Yes, I did fall for it once.  But in my own defense, we had always gotten Columbus Day off when I was a child.  Who knew they decided that Columbus wasn’t the first to find the New World; just the first to lay the groundwork for European colonization through murder and the introduction of small pox?

“Oh, really,” I said when another one of my daughters piped in to say, “Yeah, Mom.  Alyssa’s sister said her teacher, Mrs. Smith, said that the principle said there wouldn’t be any school and that we could eat chocolate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.”

Hummmm, chocolate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner…that didn’t sound half-bad…wait a minute!  What was happening?  My kids were dragging me into their world!  Sure, there were perks (three squares a day consisting of chocolate), but the consequences were hardly worth it.  Kids at home watching TV, building Lego iPhones, and throwing their dirty socks on the floor every 30 seconds!  I need them in school, so I can catch up on the laundry and write without having to hear, “Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?” chanting in the background.

“Nice try, people,” I say, shaking my head and smiling.  “I know for a fact that there is school on Valentines’ Day, so just suck it up!  You have enough days off in February.  You get Presidents’ Day, Washington’s Birthday, and International Dog Biscuit Awareness Day off, so I don’t feel a bit sorry for you.”

Yes indeed.  You have to get up pretty early in the morning to fool me into giving my brood a pseudo-holiday holiday.

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