He came into the lecture after an hour, frazzled yet unapologetic. "Sorry, I just saw the weather and decided to have a lie in."
"It's 5 o'clock," I replied.
"I know. I got up at 2. I just couldn't have been arsed going out, you know? I promise I'll be on time for the rest of the lectures."
"You won't, though."
"Yeah, I know."
I thought of all the other excuses I've had for tardiness over the years...
"I've just worked an 18 hour shift down the mines."
"I had a fight with a bus conductor."
"I wanted to be here but the house next door went on fire so myself and the lads had to go and get drunk."
"I fell over a pencil and hurt my back."
"'Neighbours' was on."
"I was part of an intervention and time got away from me."
"My sister accidentally swallowed my brother."
"Earth Hour caught me off guard, I don't know whether I'm coming or going."
...and I figured this lad deserves an A for honesty.
Still didn't let him sign the attendance sheet though. I'm a Nazi like that.