When I asked my son what he wanted for his 11th birthday, he said he wanted to stay home from school and spend the day with me. My son enjoys school and has only missed a day or two this year from being sick.
At first I thought, no way. You are a teacher's kid, and the only way you are going to miss school is if you are sick. I had to sit on this one for a few days and in that time I came across Sandra Cisneros's "Eleven." It is a powerful read and one I use with my fifth graders. After reading it again, I found myself really thinking.
Because when it comes down to it, ten years from now, my son is not going to remember what he did in school on his 11th birthday but he will remember spending the day with his mom.
Today is his birthday. And I let him skip school.