|My kids being silly. Payton is in the pink dress and Ainsley is pretending to be a fish.
Today I called in “tired” for my daughter. That’s right. Tired, not sick. Last night Payton took part in the Original Kids graduation gala. It lasted longer than expected. It was 10 p.m. when we got in and a full two hours after bed time. Daughter woke up tired, as did I. I knew we would and I sort of mentioned last night that we might take a couple hours, or a morning to rest. So this morning I picked up the phone and dialed the attendance line. I was temporarily overcome with a desire to lie and manufacture a doctor’s appointment or a dentist thing. But instead, I decided with my daughter watching, that I was going for a teachable moment instead. No lies. Just the truth today, and as much as possible. All parents tell little white lies. Children pick up on them. But today I opted for no lies. She`s tired. Late performance, I told them. Payton looked at me, eyebrows raised. When I hung the phone up she voiced her concern: “Um, Mom, are you sure you should say that,“ she asked. Yes, I told her. I saw no reason to lie.