On Friday, I started having cold symptoms. A sore throat turned into coughing and congestion. By Wednesday, I was sounding pretty bad.
One of my seventh graders asked me, “Are you losing your voice?” I said that yes, I am sick and can’t talk much right now. He pondered a moment and said, “If you’re not here next Tuesday, we won’t be able to start our presentations, will we?”
Nice try, kiddo. I said, “I’d have to get a lot sicker than this to miss school. And I have a four-day weekend in which to recover. You’ll be presenting on Tuesday.”
This statement was met with groans of resignation.