Image: Jessica Haines
It was the first day of school, it was raining, cold and Jess could think of a thousand things she’d rather be doing than going to boring old school.
So in protest she decided to take the morning off. She wandered around the park, playing in the puddles of water and generally felt justified in her decision to wop the first day back. She thought if she was clever she might be able to avoid going forever.
By lunch time she was thinking she missed her friends. If there was one benefit in attending school, it was her friends and the time she spent with them. By 1pm she was feeling very bored. She walked back towards the school and saw her friends having fun and enjoying the stories they told each other.
Tomorrow, as much as she hated to admit it, she would bite the bullet and front up.
Written for: https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/fffaw-challenge-week-of-january-31-2017/
Very nostalgic. Brought me back to childhood mmeories. Beautifully written.
Thank you so much Neel….
Hubby’s brother pretended to go to kindergarten for more than a month, leaving home with his lunch and hanging out in the playground. Eventually, he did get caught out. But his massive playing hooky is legend.
Nice, pleasant tale — something a grandchild might do?
I think something in hindsight I wished I had done…..in hindsight there wasn’t a lot of pleasantness about school for me….
Me either — I’d have preferred skipping grades kindergarten through 12. Bullies and constantly changing schools and curriculums, undetected dyslexias = unpleasant experience for me.
I had too many cranky old nuns. We lived in terror so much of the time
Hubby had nuns — I understand the terror. Rulers cross the knuckles or the palms?
They used canes
Ouch — even worse! No wonder school was unpleasant. Were you a “trouble maker”?
No I was a mummy’s boy, quiet and well mannered, timid and knew my place, pretty much as I am now….lol
The well-mannered, maybe . . . .
Oh this brings back so many memories. And so many memories of tales my Nana told me about my Dad when he was a kid. LOL my Mum told me about those cranky old nuns 😀
Yes so many of them were trapped in a life they didn’t like and so they took it out on us kids….
Hahaha I Loved school, but I did once leave early to go watch cartoons and my mum caught me. Let’s just say the thought never crossed my mind again. Lovely story.
Hi Joy thanks for stopping by, I’m glad you enjoyed school..
Nice take. Looking back, school doesn’t seem that bad, if only we could appreciate that at the time.
Yes indeed, thanks Iain for stopping by.
going to school, somedays i felt this way.. But then i would have missed out all the fun with friends.. reminded me of my good old days, thanks for such a nice take on the prompt..
Thank you for reading
Hahaha! Jess is ditching school and found out it isn’t as much fun as she thought it would be. LOL! Cute story Michael!
School what different memories we all have. I really enjoyed my time away from school. I needed nature studies, instead I often got English grammar and spelling – and I still don’t understand it – never will I expect – Your story recalled memories good and bad, which was great.
Even though she skipped school, she learnt a very important leason – friends are wonderful to have and make school life easy. Great one!
Thanks Shivangi, lovely you could stop by…
I’d never have had the nerve to play hooky, as sure as goodness I’d have been caught!
And here I was thinking you were such a rebel..lol
I had a mother that shouted and a Dad that gave you the look!! lol That said on a couple of snow days I think we did pretend that the bus hadn’t come 🙂
Jess found that even though going to school was not to her liking, being alone without her friends was worse! Sometimes we are faced with a different situation and are less comfortable with it than the one we were experiencing before and when we compare the two…..the first one turns out to be the best. We can not always revert back to the previous one though, but in her case it was easy. Great story.
How to mix and interact with others is the most important skill to be learned at school. Excellent.
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Thanks so much Keith.
Minus the exams and being put on the spot by teachers, school days hold fond memories! Nice take! 🙂
Thanks sw lovely you could stop by.
Hahaha, I think a lot of us can actually relate to this. I enjoyed the story, took me back.
Thank you so much.
School generally means the two conflicting things to most kids, as you rightly show in your story, Michael. They’ll think up lots of excuses not to go, and even play ‘twaggy’ when necessary. But when it comes down to it, they always miss their mates! Happy memories for a lot of us in your nice little story, Michael.
Hi Millie, thanks for stopping by, I have a grandson starting school tomorrow and I know he is going to love the whole thing, I hope…lol
I hope he does, too, Michael. Most do nowadays, although some take time to get used to being away from Mum. School is fun. I know you taught older ones, as I did, and unfortunately, not all of that age group still like school. After all, they’re expected to work – that dirty word! Fingers crossed for your little grandson. 🙂