My daughter performed at the town Christmas Tree Lighting and my husband was unable to attend because of work. We had a great time and everything worked out—after some tears.
A week later we have the same performance at the college gym and my husband said he was going to do everything he could to make this one. His original plan was to work two 16 hour shifts to guarantee coming home on time (a teeny bit late for the performance) on this day. But he didn’t make the first 16 hour day, making it possible that he would get held.
He knew who he would be working with and likes the guy a lot (a KidsROCK dad, in fact). He didn’t want to avoid work, but he did want to be home for his daughter. I guess his plan was to appeal to the daddy-hearts if they tried to hold him. Until…
Apparently on the drive home, Steven Curtis Chapman’s “Cinderella” came on the radio and changed the plan. He said he just couldn’t risk missing this knowing he’d missed last week and how she cried. So he called in sick, the only way to be assured that we would make the show as a family and on time.