Duchess suggests I could create a preprinted sheet and then just check the appropriate box. Something like this, I suppose.
Please excuse [Name] for being late for the following reason:
- The cat got in.
- The dog got out.
- The cat and dog were locked in mortal combat.
- One of the wheelchairs broke down and we had to rearrange all the cars and which piece of equipment was in which car in a sequence so complicated I could not possibly reconstruct it.
- A child who has survived a decade or more on this earth somehow forgot until we were actually in the car that shoes were an essential part of public attire. And also that the absence of food is a common cause of hunger pain.
- We passed through a field of time distortion on the way here.
- Nobody knows the trouble I seen.
- The next season of Grimm had to go back to the library today and therefore the parents had to stay up late to watch it.
- Gremlins, most likely.
- My own abject failure to be a responsible adult.
Somehow I still feel like I'm missing something here.
Oddly, we were almost never tardy last year. We must be getting too slack.