September 12, 2005

First excuse of the semester

A student emailed to let me know that she would be missing class on Friday: "I have to go home for a family weeding."

On any other campus, it would most definitely be a typo. But I have many students who come from family farms, and I can't help but think there is some chance that she is going home for a fall gardening ritual.

13 comments:

Me said...

haha... 'family wedding' is a good excuse...

Overread said...

Depends on how um... 'rural' the place is. I've lived some spots where you could really see a 'family wedding.'

Teri said...

Or maybe smoking pot with her Granny?

Angry Pregnant Lawyer said...

My mind immediately went to the Simpsons episode where Homer teaches an adult education class on relationships:

"Now, what is a wedding? Well, Webster's Dictionary describes a wedding as 'The process of removing weeds from one's garden.'"

Rob Helpy-Chalk said...

I'm imagining a family weeding as a ritual where you get rid of unwanted family members. I know many families that could use a little weeding.

peripateticpolarbear said...

biggest question: did it work?

Piece of Work said...

Ha ha! Once again, Rob's response had me giggling, too.

dr. m(mmm) aka The Notorious P.H.D. said...

I love it, jo(e)! Oddly, this is in synch with an old friend of mine who just emailed me today to let me know that he co-founded a permaculture intentional community in Hawai'i'.

jo(e) said...

PPB: I don't know. I'll have to ask the student on Monday to see if she and her family were able to get rid of any unwanted family members.

MommyProf said...

Perhaps you could have suggested she send a bottle of Round Up in her place?

jo(e) said...

Mommyprof: A pesticide? Horrors. Not on this campus. We are all about integrated pest management.

Perhaps some kind of beetle ....

academic coach said...

lol - this thread is a bountiful harvest of sillies

autumn said...

I'm enjoy this line of thought. My initial thought was if perhaps I could get her to come weed my family before the wedding. :)