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Oops, The Dog Ate My Homework!

Carol Tenwalde

As a High School teacher, you can imagine the excuses I heard for why homework wasn't done. One of my favorites was when a student brought his dog to class along with his dog bed and lots of newspapers. He wanted the dog to stay in class until the homework "passed" (So to Speak!) An A for Creativity?

Needless to say I had a little chuckle when I read i
n 1936, John Steinbeckā€™s dog Toby, an Irish Setter, turned the first draft ofĀ Of Mice and MenĀ into a snack. In a letterĀ dated May 27 of that year, the future Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winner wrote that he ā€œwas pretty mad, but the poor little fellow may have been acting critically.ā€

Steinbeck estimated that Toby making ā€œconfettiā€ of the manuscript would set him back by about two months, but it may have been worth it: Steinbeckā€™s short, tragic tale of two migrant workers eking out a humble existence in California during the Depression is among the authorā€™s most moving and accomplished works, which is saying something for the man responsible for bothĀ East of EdenĀ andĀ The Grapes of Wrath. Steinbeck, a lifelong dog-lover, later wrote a travelogue featuring his poodle calledĀ Travels with Charley.

Would love to hear any funny excuses you may have used!

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Let's chat soon,
Carol

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