I have a sweet, sweet little girl who has been absent about 30 days so far this year. When she isn't absent she is tardy. The social worker at school has been to the parents' home to try to get her attendance up. They have been reported to the sheriff. But nothing changes.
She is behind in work. She is lacking in skills. I have sat face-to-face with mom, practically begging her to bring "sweetie" to school. Promises are made, even attempts to improve are made. But sweetie goes missing again. I don't even miss her when she is gone. I hate to say that, but she is gone so much that our community was built without her, or built knowing she was going to be gone.
When she comes to school I enjoy her so much. She is smart and oh, so funny. She is witty and wise. We have fun and I start to love her. Then she is gone again and I feel let down. But every day she comes I will love her, and hope she comes the next day.