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September 10, 2011
BErnice Volkens

I think many of you thought I left the country or was sick. I did have a busy week with sickness in the family and also some small trips that makes things get pretty mixed up around here. I did write an article, in fact, I wrote two but I couldn't find either one. The computer said they had been sent, but Jessica didn't get them and I couldn't find them in any of the storage places a computer has. I told one reader they must be out in space and maybe some day they will come home. Maybe! One article was about Labor Day, the other a continuation of excuses of why kids miss school. Well, Labor Day is past so I'll write about excuses that parents write. A principal in Burnsville, Minn. put some of these down. It's a marvelous list. In no way am I making fun of the parents or the children, so take this lightly.

1. Dear School: please excuse John for being absent on Jan. 28, 29. 30, 32 and 33.

2. Chris have an acre in his side.

3. Mary could not come to school because she was bothered by very close veins.

4. John has been absent because he has two teeth taken out of his face.

5. I kept Billie home because she had to go shopping because I didn't know what size she wears.

6. Please excuse Gloria. She has been sick and under the Doctor & my son is under the doctor's care and could not take P.E. Please excuse him.

9. Please excuse Blanch from P.E. a few days. Yesterday she fell out of a tree and misplaced her hip.

10. Please excuse Joey Friday. He had loose vowels.

11. Please excuse Joyce from Jim today. She is administrating.

12. Carlos was absent from school yesterday because he was playing football. He was hurt in the growing part.

13. My daughter was absent yesterday because she was tired. She spent the weekend with the marines.

14. Please excuse Dianna from being absent yesterday. She was in bed with Gramps.

15. Please excuse Johnny for being. It was his father's fault.

16. Mary Ann was absent Feb, 11-15 because she had a fever, sore throat, headache and upset stomach. Her sister was also sick, fever and sore throat, her brother had a low grade temp. and ached all over. There must be the flu going around-father even got hot last night.

You don't have to be a teacher to get a chuckle out of these. School is just now getting in full swing and time for a easy delicious dessert. This recipe is an old one, but a favorite.


1 Tablespoon butter

3 cups of hot milk

1 1/2 cups bread crumbs

2 eggs beaten

2/3 cups (heaping) sugar

1/4 teas. salt

1/2 tease. vanilla

1/2 cup chopped pecans


2/3 cup cocoa or 2

squares of melted


Add butter to hot milk. Blend in remaining ingredients, mixing well. Pour into buttered baking dish. Bake at 350 degree oven for 40 or 50 minutes or until firm. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

"Fall weather is just around the corner."



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