Carrie Kerr has always been of the opinion that days which are 70 degrees and sunny should be declared “National Hooky Days.” After all, what could be more important than getting outside on such a perfect day? As 3 p.m. approached on one of these flawless days, she put aside her projects and began preparing for the children to come home. Usually their arrival is a flurry of motion, commentary, questions, and requests. As their mother, it is Carrie's job to gather them in, listen to them, support them, and direct them toward what needs to be done in the final stage of the day. On this particular day, however, she had an additional task: Her job was to wipe tears. Two of her children came home with what resulted in, simply…a tough day. Carrie had to think fast of what they would do to take an emotionally trying day and make it better.
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