But if Aide J wasn't (1) vomiting all day, (2) delirious with fever, or (3) harboring something extremely contagious, like, say, ebola, she is On My List.
Last Monday, Aide S told me she'd be out this Monday. She and her family were going to Lake Arrowhead for the weekend.
Okay, fine...put in for a sub...we'll survive.
Then, late last week, Aide T was not feeling well. The doctor said she had to have a colonoscopy.
Okay, fine. We'll sur -- it's on Monday?! The same Monday Aide S is going to be out?
Aide T, bless her, tried to reschedule but couldn't do so.
So I packed up my stuff for today, and slipped a tape of The Jungle Book in my backpack, since I knew it was something Mr. Voice would pay attention to.
I didn't expect to have to use it, really -- we actually survived pretty well the last time anything similar happened. 'Course, we didn't have Mr. Voice then.
Then I get to school and ask if the positions had been filled with subs.
"Aides S and T have," our office clerk B says, "but Aide J's position is still open."
I - uh - eh - urrr - aide - ... -- WHAT?!?!
I was already not in the best of moods, because the muscle in the back of my leg is STILL kinda cramped (though it comes and goes now; it's not constant like it was). Last year, I probably would have taken a sick day myself -- though not on a day with 2 people out -- to keep it slathered in Icy Hot, but instead, I took some Motrin, slapped on an Icy Hot patch (which had fallen off by 8:00), and grinned and bore it.
Incidentally, we survived. If we hadn't had Mr. Voice, we might have even made it through a normal day, but he was the straw the broke the camel's back. We got agenda books, journals, social studies, and Swiss Family Robinson done, but we also watched Jungle Book and played board games.
At one point, though, I was juggling Superhero, M, and Bulldozer successfully, so that's what I'm hanging onto for today.