Waking up early is never easy, but it's something that needs to be done—a lesson that one teen from California just learned the hard way.
Like many high schoolers, Cara was having a hard time waking up for school one morning. Her refusal to get out of bed caused her parents and two siblings to run behind their schedules, too. While that sounds like your standard hectic back-to-school morning, Cara made the mistake of asking her mom, Nicole Poppic, to write her a tardy note to spare her from any potential punishment for unexcused lateness.
Her mother agreed to write the letter, but she penned one that would teach Cara a lesson she would never forget. The note begins:
Cara is tardy this morning as a result of a condition called 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.
If the letter sounds a bit harsh, there's some important context. As Nicole explains in a blog post, she tried to explain to her daughter on the way to school how her actions can affect other people, but the teen kept on listening to her music and completely ignored her mother. After first throwing her daughter's cell phone out the car window, Nicole decided to write the brutally honest tardy note. (She retrieved the phone later.)
To top it off, Nicole then joined her daughter to hand in the note to the attendance clerk after Cara refused to do it herself. She later shared the letter on social media, where it quickly went viral.
It's worth mentioning that Nicole insists that Cara is a good kid, but was having a "bad morning." Either way, Nicole, a mother of three, has clearly mastered this whole parenting thing, and we're sure Cara won't be waking up late again anytime soon.
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