Do you play hooky?

Filed under: Work Life

playgroundNearly one-third of workers have played hooky from their jobs, calling in sick when in reality they are taking an unscheduled day off. A survey by revealed that American employees used excuses that ranged from not wanting to lose a parking space to "my wife burned all my clothes."

Now THAT guy really needed a day off.

It's hard to play hooky when you're a work-at-home-mom. I spend three mornings a week in a local coffee shop from 9 a.m. to noon, writing frantically to meet tight deadlines. Otherwise, I'm at home, cleaning, wiping bums and trying (and failing) to dig out from under a gigantic pile of laundry that seems to get bigger every day.

There is no one to call with an excuse -- what would I tell the kids? Sorry, the dog ate your mommy?

Today the preschool called just as I was pulling into the coffee shop parking lot. I needed to come get my daughter ASAP, another mom told me, because a sewer pipe at the school burst. I was peeved at first, but then I decided to make a day of it. I had the babysitter watching the baby anyway, so I took my girl to the park and out for lunch, just us two.

It was wonderful. It's rare that I get to spend any one-on-one time with my first-born these days. I could have gone home and tackled the chores, but I played the mommy version of hooky instead.

What would you have done? Do you play hooky from your responsibilities, either at home or work?


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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.