If you can swing it, taking your kids out of school to have a little fun might just give them a memory to last a lifetime
Remember those times throughout your childhood when your parent or caretaker would do something simple but profound in how special it made you feel? This viral Twitter thread is such a great reminder for all of us that the moments we cherished most as kids are exactly what we should be doing for our own.
Whether it was sending you to school with McDonald’s after a doctor’s appointment or letting you play “hooky,” these are the moments with our moms and dads and loved ones that we all remember most. Writer Nicole Cliffe shared a tweet about how she takes her kid out of school early by surprise to have a solo date over ice cream — and why something so simple is so important.
Annual Treat: I so endorse pulling your kid out of school at noon with no warning and for no reason in order to go to the movies and get ice cream, if you can swing a half day off yourself.
— In Nicoled Blood (@Nicole_Cliffe) October 17, 2018
The nature of childhood is you remember literally every time your parent messed up, and then a few good things, and then pointless stuff like your old phone number. This memory will stay with them forever.— Nicole Cliffe (@Nicole_Cliffe) October 17, 2018
She acknowledges that not all parents can afford that luxury, as her own parents couldn’t. Which is perfectly fine! You can still have wonderful memories of your parents and be close with them as an adult even if they never pulled you out of school to watch The Price is Right.
But so many people shared amazing, heartwarming, silly, sweet stories of memories they have of those special moments with their own loved ones. And many of the responses will melt you.
My mom did this when I was in middle school so I could see the first showing of the Star Wars re-release in movie theaters and it remains one of her all-time greatest parenting moves.— Meghan O’Keefe (@megsokay) October 17, 2018
I had just a touch of guilt for pulling them out of school 1/2 day today for the fair until I read this tweet. pic.twitter.com/R1u4qu4Ws8— Sean Rankin (Robber) (@srankin) October 17, 2018
Look at those faces though! School can wait one day.
My mom used to do this once a year, but she’d never tell us when it was coming. We’d wake up and she’d say “you aren’t going to school today!” And we’d take a day trip to a museum or the beach or something. It was the best.— Lucy Huber (@clhubes) October 17, 2018
Dad took me out of school to see opening day at a brand new baseball stadium. Saw my teacher in line there. It was a great day.— Daniel Higgins (@Dan_Higgins) October 17, 2018
Other people shared their own unique family moments that didn’t involve playing hooky.
I’m sure my mum did this a couple of times, but what I remember the most is her handing me an overripe avocado once when I was feeling extremely stressed as a teenager, and encouraging me to throw it at the wall. She then hung a frame around the splatter mark.— Jessica Friedmann (@MsFriedmann) October 17, 2018
That's great, but my favorite "Mom pulling me out of school" moment was the day she left my dad and showed up at lunchtime with a U-Haul.— Lareign Ward (@lareignw) October 17, 2018
One Twitter user even shared her exchange with her mom, prompted by this viral thread.
WOW everyone go tell your parents thank you if you can and make their day pic.twitter.com/iW9WQbclQe— Sami Thomason (@SamiSaysRead) October 17, 2018
One day I really, REALLY didn't want to go to school. Mum said "you know, I don't fancy work either." She called in sick for us both and we went to a theme park instead. One of the best days of my life.— 12 Days of Kirstmas (@Winskillfull) October 17, 2018
Kids, just like adults, need mental health days too — and tbh, what better place to spend one of those than at an amusement park?
My parents were very strict about attendance, to the extent of accidentally sending me to school with a sinus infection once. One morning the last semester of HS, my mom took one look at my exhausted face and said, "Want to go to out for breakfast instead?" Will never forget it.— MJBrrrr ❄️⛄ (@eMJayBuzz) October 17, 2018
I vividly remember on my tenth birthday, my dad left work early to pick me up from school, and then took me to the fancy bakery/cafe downtown for tea and dessert. I felt so special, it’s a favorite memory.— three parrots in a ballgown (@the_starkest) October 17, 2018
WHEW, IT IS DUSTY IN HERE YOU GUYS.
Looking back, some of my favorite “good” memories were the ones where I felt singled out and special. My grandparents used to let me sleep over their house every Saturday night, and they’d take me out shopping for new books or games, let me stay up late and eat whatever I wanted, and every Sunday morning, without fail, my grandpa would take me out to breakfast before I went home. Many, many painful things have happened between then and now — but those good, sweet memories where I felt cared about still stand out to me.
Parents just want to know we’re doing a good job. So if you remember things like this from your own childhood, recreating these moments with your own kids surely can’t hurt. And maybe someday we’ll all get text messages from our large adult children thanking us for being “cool” and letting them have fun once in awhile.