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When Patrick Pipino’s daughters — Isabelle, 12, and Sarah, 7 — were late to school on Tuesday, the dad decided to explain why in an honest, straightforward note. It reads, “Last night Isabelle was lucky enough to see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in Albany, and darned if he didn’t play for three and a half hours.”
The note goes on to say, “This may not seem like a good excuse, but have you ever wondered how many kids would be late — or miss school outright — if God were to suddenly appear? It’s something like that.”
The Saratoga Springs, N.Y., family was in the audience for Monday night’s Springsteen concert at Albany’s Times Union Center, which the Times Union called, “a sprawling show, even by Springsteen standards.”
Pipino told ABC News that his daughters are huge Bruce fans. “They both love Bruce Springsteen, and have ever since the older one was only four years old. Isabelle would be singing from the back seat, and if I had something else on, she would say, ‘Dad, can we listen to Springsteen?’”
WNYT NewsChannel 13 shared Pipino’s note on Facebook and asked, “Does he make a valid point?” Among more than 4,000 likes and 1,900 shares, most people seem to be saying yes, and lots posted their own family memories. One son shared that his mom “took me out of school to see the Rangers training camp at GF civic center, greatest day of my childhood.”
Another praised Pipino’s honesty: “There are adults who went to the concert and called in ‘sick’ to work today. This dad not only told the truth….but taught his daughter that telling the truth is the way to go.”
Most commenters agreed that the occasional family moment trumps an on-time school arrival. “I love this dad!” wrote one person. “The memories they created at that concert will last forever! Definitely worth being late to school!”