Do You Feel Bad Doing That?
Got a call this morning from a parent, wanting to get assignments for the week after spring break for her son who would be absent. I told her I would talk to him in class that afternoon.
Afternoon comes around, but the student doesn’t. I ask in the class, and someone offers up that he’s been on campus, but didn’t feel like coming. Hey, me neither buddy.
So I get the parent phone numbers from a counselor. No answer at home. No answer at the cell number. These numbers just ring and ring. I know everyone is over voice mail and everything, but it’s not a bad idea to at least give someone the option. No answer at work, but finally an answering machine. It’s mom’s voice on the outgoing message, so I intone:
Hello Mrs. [blank], this is Mr. Chun. We spoke this morning about your son getting some assignments from me for the week after spring break. Unfortunately, he cut my class today so I wasn’t able to give him that work. I hope you’ll have a conversation with him about that.
Hung up. I hope his spring break doesn’t end completely before it starts, but then again, he already got the jump on it. So maybe it would be okay if it ended a little early. Another kid asks me, “Do you ever feel bad doing stuff like that?” I think about it for a minute and decide, “Nope. I’d feel bad if i didn’t do that.”