I guess I was not widely awake when I stepped into the boss's office, otherwise I would have given a better excuse, such as oversleeping for example.
Instead, I said that the night before I had not been able to get on the train, cause it was overcrowded.
An apology that could have worked as in those days you didn't need to book a seat to take the train.
I thought I was out of the woods, but then the boss asked me :
" Which train was it ? "
" The 11pm train from Quimper, sir ", I answered.
" Funny ", he replied, " I took the train at the first stop after Quimper, and it was nearly empty !
Jeez ! I got red all over and felt so ashamed of my poor lie that I could feel my nose growing like Pinocchio's !
Fortunately that was not the only common point I shared with Disney's famous puppet !
He had a Blue Fairy, and I realized I had one, too, when I heard my boss say :
" Come on, I have been young, too, and I know the side effects of September blues ! But remember that an uncomfortable truth is always better than a lie ! ".
That taught me a lesson, and I hope those of you who were about to call in sick will think twice !!
In the meantime, wherever you are, enjoy yourselves and don't forget :
Be perky !!