All teachers hear excuses. The excuses are part of the teacher-child-parent relationship in our day-to-day role. I enjoy a good excuse, espcially if it seems a great deal of thought has gone into it.
This was an excuse from a parent (via the telephone).
School Office: “Hello”.
Parent: “Hi, my daughter can’t come into school today.”
School Office: “I’m sorry to hear that. Can I ask why?”
Parent: “We can’t get the electric gates open!”
Oh, how the other half live!