Because her daughter Cara was going to be late to school, mom Nicole Poppic had to write a tardy note. What Cara didn’t know though is that the note was not going to excuse her, but point out that she was just to too lazy to get out of bed early instead.
“Cara is tardy this morning as a result of a condition known as teenage-ism. Adolescents across our great nation are afflicted and there is no cure. Symptoms are multitudinous, but this particular morning, she suffered from an inability to remove herself from her bed…”
This is how a tardy note written by Nicole one school morning for her 14-year old teenage daughter Cara read. The mother of three had written the note using a page from Cara’s notebook as they pulled up to her daughter’s high school.
The morning started quite rough for the family. Because Cara overslept, she delayed everyone’s trip to school causing her 10-year old Alex and four-year old Sammi to also run late.
According to Nicole, she and Cara argued pretty much throughout breakfast. She was not so surprised that it would happen in her home though, considering Cara is a young teen.
“No matter how awesome and well behaved your teen is, between the hormones and the natural separation between parents and kids that is supposed to happen during the teenage years, there are going to be moments that you butt heads,” she explained in her blog.
During their drive to school, Nicole said she sort of started giving her oldest daughter a little lecture. She wanted her to be more considerate of other people and their time and not just think about herself when she decides to delay her trip to school.
During her lecture though, Nicole soon realized Cara had already tuned her out and put her headphones on. That is the moment that Nicole decided to do more than just unplug Cara’s headphones. In fact, she took her daughter’s phone and tossed it out.
The move seemed to have worked, as Nicole further explained in the note. “She seems to be recovering her senses after watching her cell phone fly out the car window,” the note later read.
In all fairness to Cara, Nicole said that Cara is actually a god kid. She happens to be “an extremely talented piano player” and an honor roll student. “She was just having a bad morning,” Nicole explained.
That morning, Nicole brought the tardy note to the attendance clerk with her daughter after Cara refused to give the rather embarrassing note herself. Upon giving her the note, Nicole said the clerk simply smiled and handed Cara a tardy slip.
And about Cara’s phone, Nicole later retrieved from her neighbor’s yard. It was a little wet from the grass, but it was still working. Cara was grounded from using her phone for three days.
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