Joe Doe declares his day of defiance, and maybe you should too.
TASK #16: Playing Hooky
Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement. Barry LaPatner
Unless you’re just visiting America or simply stupid, you know what PLAYING HOOKY means. And if you don’t, here’s my definition: playing hooky is ducking out on an activity (primarily school or work). The term was first uttered by Tom Sawyer, who knew a thing or two about wiggling out of tight places. If you don’t know what “ducking out” means, go back to Europe or wherever you came from.
Skip school or work. Do it because there is more to life than school or work. A LOT more. What do you do when you’ve skipped? Anything that’s legal. I recommend going to a game, or hang out at the mall, or play pool, or go to the movies, or sit in a coffee shop, or go to the beach, or hunt–you get the picture.
Then, at the end of the day, you do the following:
1) You find yourself some fabric, any color, or some colored tape.
2) Drive or walk or take a bus or subway along the route you take to work or school–the PLACE FROM WHICH YOU DUCKED OUT OF–and tie the fabric, or wrap the tape, onto something–pole, tree branch, fence, signpost, whatever–somewhere where you can see it. It doesn’t matter, by the way, if anyone else can see it.
Look at the picture below. You don’t have to go this crazy. Just a short strip of bed sheet or pillowcase tied to a tree branch serves the same purpose.
Then, the next day, when you’re on your way to work or school, glance at your handiwork–your FLAG OF DEFIANCE. It’s your freedom flag, an emblem to remind you that there is more to life than work and school. And if the your flag disappears, then you have to play hooky again.
If you have a story to tell, or a comment to make, e-mail me at [email protected]
Photo courtesy of Joe Doe