California mom’s sarcastic note blames ‘teenage-ism’ for daughter’s tardiness

CLARKSBURG, Calif., Sept. 26 (UPI) — A California mom whose daughter requested a note to excuse her tardiness obliged the teen with a tongue-in-cheek letter blaming the girl’s “teenage-ism.”

Nicole Poppic of Clarksburg posted a photo to Facebook showing the handwritten note she authored after a rough morning with her daughter, Cara, 14, led to the teen being late for school.

“This is what happens when you are tardy as a result of your own poor choices and you ask me for a note to excuse your tardiness,” Poppic wrote in the Facebook post.

The note reads:

“To whom it may concern,

Cara is tardy this morning as a result of a condition known as teenage-ism. Adolescents across our great nation are afflicted, and there is no known cure. Symptoms are multitudinous, but this particular morning, she suffered from an inability to remove herself from her bed, and also felt the need to talk back to her birth-giver.

She seems to be recovering her senses after watching her cell phone fly out the car window. Please call me if there is another flare-up.

Thank you,

Nicole Poppic”

Poppic said in a blog post that she walked into school with Cara to make sure she handed the note to an office worker, who she said smiled as she handed the teenager a tardy slip.

The mother said she did indeed throw Cara’s cellphone out of the car window, but she was later able to retrieve it unharmed from a neighbor’s yard and kept it for four days as a punishment.

Poppic said she wants to be clear that Cara isn’t a bad kid, she just doesn’t always make the right choices.

“I don’t want anyone under the false impression that Cara is a bad kid,” she wrote in the blog post. “I am very proud of her and I love being her mom. She was just having a bad morning. Still, I feel it is important for all of my children to realize that no matter what kind of mood a person is in, they are still responsible for their own actions and they are expected to be aware of how those actions affect other people.”

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