I played hooky Monday. Yep. I blatantly took a day off work and went on a trail ride with my daughter Sophia and my lifelong friend Nancy Gump - a big deal for me - a borderline workaholic. It was a glorious, unseasonably warm day at Misty Hill Farm. We saddled up Linus, R.J. and Lily, and headed into the woods alternately telling stories, laughing, galloping and mostly just being quiet. How Ferris Bueller of us.
When I was in high school, my boyfriend and I skipped school. We went to the local airport and he took me for a ride in a plane (my first time) to see the fall foliage. I was terrified in the beginning but relaxed eventually and enjoyed the ride. He later became a professional pilot and my husband. I had many rides since then but the first one was the best.
When I was 16 and going to Girls Latin School (public, college prep school in Boston) I took a day off to go to an anti Vietnam War sit-in. Out of about a thousand girls in my class and several thousand in the school, only two of us went. It was the start of my career as a rebel and rabble rouser... and a clear break from the heavily academic, classical fantasy world we lived in at the school- which btw had no social sciences, no sports, no driving, typing, drama, art... you get the point. I knew that ditching school for a political rally would not go over well with the teachers or principal, not to mention my father.
But I was proud of myself later for taking a stand, making a public statement about my values, risking disapproval, questioning authority... a legacy I've kept going for life.
I love your post! Some of my grandest memories from childhood were skipping school. I didn't do anything my mom might have called educational, but I certainly learned a lot!
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