Skipping School in the Second Grade

United States
November 14, 2007 7:24pm CST
My cousin Debby and I had missed the school bus and because we didn't have a way to school it was decided that we could walk together. Afterall, we didn't live far from the school. We promised that we would watch for cars and not to get into a car with a stranger. With lunch bags in hand we gleefully headed down the steps of the house, past the two huge blue spruce trees that stood on either side of the walkway and out to the road. As we walked along we would move to the shoulder of the road as a car passed by us. My cousin then came up with an idea. We should skip school. Where would we go? What would we do? My cousin said we could walk to our Uncle Harry's house and we could play with our cousins all day. We decided it was a good plan. When rounded the corner and the school came into view, we crouched down low so that nobody would see us. The school sat on a hill so we knew nobody would be able to see us as we crouched low to the ground and made our way up the street past the school. We thought we were on our way to a free day from school when suddenly a school bus was heard coming down the road just behind us. Where to hide? We ran down the steep enbankment that led to a babbling brook and as we heard the school bus brakes squeal just beside where we thought we were hidden, we held our breaths. The bus driver told us to get on the bus. We crawled back up the hill and brushed off the leaves that clung to our clothes. The bus driver asked us where we were going. My cousin said that we were going to our Aunt's house for the day. She then told the bus driver that our Aunt was a teacher and she was going to teach us just for that day. The bus driver told us to get on the bus. We did as ordered. She drove up the road for a short distance and for a minute we thought that she was actually going to bring us to our Aunt's house. That was until she pulled into a driveway, turned the bus around and headed in the direction of the school. As luck would have it, my teacher was also the principal of the school. She was a crotchity old geezer. As I recall, I was always afraid of her. She sent my cousin to her classroom and I was brought into her office. She asked me where my note was for being tardy. She then asked for my home phone number and told me to go to my seat in the classroom. At the end of the school day we boarded the school bus and headed for home. Laughter filled the bus and my cousin and I never thought about what would be waiting for us when we arrived home. The bus came to a halt in front of the house with the giant spruce trees in front. As we rounded the front of the bus and headed up the walkway, we noticed my Mother standing on the porch. There wasn't a smile on her face. That was the day I realized my Mother was a wise woman. I didn't have to defend myself when my cousin said it was my idea to skip school. My Mother knew better.
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@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
15 Nov 07
Wow Elusive your Mum was a very wise Woman But fancy your Cousin blaming you that was certainly not very nice at all
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• United States
15 Nov 07
My cousin never became a person that I was close to.
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@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
16 Nov 07
Oh that is a bit sad
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• India
15 Nov 07
This is really cute and brave story..I never had guts to skip school and go somewhere else though you got a really nice lesson to learn..
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• United States
15 Nov 07
I got brave later in my years. It took courage to be devious.
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@3lilangels (4639)
• United States
15 Nov 07
very cute story my friend,but moms know everything and always have eyes in the back of their heads.i have done something like that when i was younger and my mom knew,she had like eyes everywhere and always knew what we were doing lol.hope all is well.how's your daughter doing.pattie
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• United States
15 Nov 07
Later on in life I did manage to pull the wool over my Mother's eyes on many occasions. I was clever. I don't see my daughter as often as I would like to. Not sure why she isn't actively posting on MyLot. But, I will tell her you were asking of her.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
15 Nov 07
I'm sure that was a memorable occasion for both you and your cousin, Elusive. Your story points out vividly how much times have changed. I doubt very seriously if young children would be allowed to walk to school alone in today's atmosphere of all types of unsavory characters they might run into along the way.
• United States
15 Nov 07
You are so right there! If my kids missed the bus, they either stayed home for the day or I would drive them to school.
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@GardenGerty (128826)
• United States
15 Nov 07
OOOh you were brave. I would not have had the guts to skip school. I am glad that your mom realized who the instigator was. I think we all have one of those cousins in our lives, and we learn, perhaps, to not make the same mistakes that they do.
• United States
15 Nov 07
I quickly realized that she wanted me to get into trouble and for herself to be the one that never did.
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@OURDEW (4810)
• United States
15 Nov 07
Thanks for sharing such a cute story. Was that the last time you or your cousin ever tried to skip school? This only proves that mom's know everything.lol
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• United States
15 Nov 07
That was the last time I skipped school with my cousin. But, there were times when I did skip school and didn't get caught.
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@villageanne (8553)
• United States
15 Nov 07
LOL Funny story. Dont you know that Mom's have eyes in the back of their heads and can see everything! LOL I guess you learned a valuable lesson that day. Moms are always on your side. :)
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• United States
15 Nov 07
When we are wrongly accused it is nice to have your Mom come to your defense.
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@Thoroughrob (11747)
• United States
15 Nov 07
That is so cute!! Did you ever skip school again. Maybe it was a good lesson to learn at a young age. Your mother was a wise woman. How much trouble did you get in? lol
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• United States
15 Nov 07
Remember those paddles with the ball attached by a rubber band? Well, when those break they make great paddles if you know what I mean. I remember my cousin getting a couple more whacks on the fanny than I got.
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@Polly1 (12646)
• United States
16 Nov 07
I skipped school in the seventh grade. A group of us girls went downtown. Guess who I ran into?? My Aunt, she didn't believe my story about being there on lunch, hehe. It was early in the morning. I was not expecting to run into her at the store. Ooooppps. Of course later on she just had to tell my mom, hehe. The next day I was scared to go to school, I faked being sick. My mom went along with it. The phone rang, I went to answer, guess who was on the other end. The principal, hehe. I just kept digging myself in deeper and deeper. I did live thru it and did learn my leason....don't get caught, hehe. Those were the days.
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• Philippines
22 Nov 07
so brave for you my friend. i have done it also before but it was with my friends in grade school and we we're already in the 4th grade. lesson to learn, never trust your cousin, LOL!
@anniepa (27520)
• United States
20 Nov 07
What a cute story! The only thing close to that I have is when my best friend and I decided to run away from home so with out suitcases and doll carriages we headed down the street, WAY down the street to a school bus shelter where we "set up housekeeping". We stayed there and played with our dolls until we realized to would soon be dark and got scared. We didn't have to worry for long because my dad soon came to pick us up. Boy, did WE get it! The good thing about those days is that we didn't have as many of the dangers there are today. Like with your schoolbus driver was obviously looking out for you two naughty little girls...lol... I'm not at all sure that would happen today! Annie