We’re at one of those points where we have to decide what is best for our daughter and neither Casey nor I want to make the final decision. We both seem to be holding onto every last bit of hope that we’ll be saved of having to make this difficult decision even though we both know what the right one really is.
This problem of ours is really a pretty spoiled problem to have. Talk about the lamest first world problem to have, when you get down to it. In fact, this isn’t an issue that my parents ever would have had when I was kid. That’s for sure.
Casey had the opportunity to go to Disney World in May and she really, really wants to bring me, Addie, and Vivi along for the ride. How often do kids get the opportunity to go to Disney World anyway?
Addie has already been to Disney World. She went to Disney World four years ago and she loved every minutes of the trip. Well, I guess not every minute. She was still deathly afraid of fireworks and Disney World does a lot of fireworks. Plus, Addie took a Disney cruise last December and she ended up getting to hang out with Minnie, not to mention sting rays in the ocean.
Vivi, on the other hand, has never been to Disney World, but I don’t think she’d care if we took her to the local park instead of Disney World. The kid’s just too young to really understand the magnitude of a family’s trip to the most magical place on earth.
Getting Vivi to Disney World isn’t what is causing the problem. It’s that darn school and the importance of Addie learning how to read real good. Actually, Addie’s a heck of a reader, but she really needs all the time she can get at school to help her with her understanding of math. Addie missed a week of school to go on a Disney Cruise in December, and then a few days to go to Utah for a family wedding, so she’s beyond her limit of allowable number of days to be absent from school.
The prosecutor in our county takes missing school a little too seriously. He’s been known to charge parents with felonies when their kids miss what he thinks is unreasonable amounts of school. The key to that sentence is “what he thinks is unreasonable.”
Casey told me she was willing to accept the felony. The lady definitely shouldn’t be advising any criminal defendants about the consequences that come from being convicted of a felony. She got a quick lesson from the resident attorney in the house on why getting a felony was not an option.
Ultimately we both know that Addie needs to be in school, but we’re both holding out hope that Addie will get to take a trip to Disney World in May and that everyone in the school system, including the local prosecutor, would understand and agree with our decision to take her to the most magical place on Earth.
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