I'm sorry I can't participate in your online class this week. I'm on vacation and left the reading packet at home. I hope that's ok.
I think I understand. It's the beginning of October, and we've been in school for a month. You must be a leaf-peeper, am I right? The colors are quite impressive, I admit. The leaves only change colors once each year and you have to get out there while the colors are bright.
That's the only reason I can wrap my head around the fact that you picked right fucking now to go on vacation. You've worked hard (sort of) for these past four weeks, so you deserve a break. It's been a whole month since your last vacation, I'm sure. So go ahead! Get out there and peep those leaves! I'll just be here in my office, full of rage and not on vacation, giving you the participation grade for this week you so richly deserve.
All the best,