This morning, Matthew was telling us all about his medical procedure yesterday which was the reason he was out of class. Fortunately, he said, he had his emergency book.
"Matthew," I asked, "what is an emergency book?" (Knowing full well, as I, too, carry one.)
"Pretend you're going somewhere super boring and you only have two books. An emergency book is the second book you have in case you finish your first book and you have nothing to do. If you have a long book, such as Valeria is reading, you don't need an emergency book. My emergency book is Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life," he replied.
Something to remember the next time you're somewhere super boring.