As the school year begins in earnest, I have had that question asked of me at least ten times. And each time it gets a little more annoying and irritating. So, for all you other homeschooled kids out there, I complied a list of answers that you are free to use at any time and should work in any situation. (You may NOT hold me responsible for any reactions that may be the result of these answers, however.)
Sit back and enjoy these 21 answers to the question "Why aren't you in school?"
1: Immediately begin hacking and coughing with a few sneezes and sniffles for good measure before replying weakly, "Sick day."
2: "We're going on a field trip!! We're going on a field trip!!"
3: "School? What's school? Where am I? Why is your skin
4: Carefully avoid eye contact with person who asked the question and walk quickly in opposite direction.
5: "Why aren't YOU in school?"
6: "I graduated last year. From college."
7: "Uh... Oh, look! A SQUIRREL!"
8: "Been there, done that."
9: "I need milk for tomorrow's breakfast, not fourteen hours spent trying to solve somebody else's problems. Priorities people."
10: "Our school was accidentally maliciously destroyed."
11: "Oh, that reminds me..." *changes topic to weather/sports/politics*
12: "Wasn't really in a school MOOD today, ya know?"
13: "Have you ever tried to put out a burning building, save the world, AND go to school everyday? Me neither, but I bet it's not easy."
14: *death glare* "LOOK ME IN THE FACE AND SAY THAT AGAIN. IF YOU DARE."
15: Pretend your mom called and apologize for having to take the call.
16: "You know what? I've wondered that myself sometimes. Deep stuff, bro."
17: No matter which day of the week "Why would I be in school? It's Saturday."
18: "I actually just remembered something I need to do. Like right now. Nice chatting with you, but I gotta go. See you later!"
19: Stare at person until they break eye contact, then walk away shaking your head and muttering something about them being crazy.
20: Motion to ear, then to mouth while mouthing "Can't hear you, can't speak."
21: "I'm homeschooled." Then give half-hour explanation on what that means.
Any of those helpful? Do you have a personal favorite? Think these will come in handy? If you ever DO use one of these, let me know and tell me what the reaction was. ;P Now I'm curious. ;)