My children go to the same school as my siblings and I did, so we have a treasure trove of shared horrors and joys.
The school district calendar “is based on a six-day cycle rather than the day of the week.” This schedule was adopted for greater flexibility in scheduling classes and also to cram as many classes as possible into a student’s day -- well, usually.
When I was a sophomore, there was a second semester senior who had two New York State required classes, on Day 4, but nothing else. First thing in the morning, he had health and during the last period of the day, Physical Education. The whole stretch between the two classes was filled with “frees.” When Day 4 fell on a Friday, he dubbed it, ‘Mental Deficiency Day.’ He was a caged lion on Day 4, forced to wake up, go to school, attend Health class, then linger in assorted club offices or to pace the halls until reporting to the gym.
Although this senior was the only student with this particularly light day, we all reveled in his lack of serious classes. We shared his joy, just as I share my daughter’s joy: this semester, her Day 4’s are decidedly low-calorie.
So today, since Day 4 falls on a Friday, I would like to wish my daughter a very happy Mental Deficiency Day!