I just had to re-read an email from a student three times to comprehend what was in it. I have had two women enrolled in my Advanced Underwater Hamster Fur Weaving course this semester, Sue and Mary (not their real names). Not once have they shown up (as in they are the only two women registered for this course, I would notice), but they have been submitting exercises through the learning management system. The exercises were often wrong or in a wrong format, but hey, they were in on time, what am I bitching about.
Tonight I received this missive:
I wanted to explain why we (my wife and I) haven't been to the Advanced Underwater Hamster Fur Weaving-class.
First, [standard student excuse #47].
The second reason is: My wife is now 10 weeks pregnant and the doctor [I'll spare you the T.M.I.]. I think, I don't have to say that this was the most horrible time for us and we are relieved that we could do the basic homework for our university classes anyway.
Maybe you can understand now why we haven't been to class.
Okaaaaay. Maybe it's a boy named Sue. Maybe it was the Immaculate Conception. Maybe it is... naah, I don't want to think about that. Blessed be Blackboard. I must admit that I am at a loss how to answer this email. I suppose since no question was asked, I can just ignore it.