I emailed one of difficult child's teachers to tell him that when I left, we were having difficulty printing one of difficult child's papers, and hoping it could be done by remote on my printer upstairs, but perhaps difficult child had resolved the issue and turned it in? He said, In point of fact, difficult child hasn't been here for two days. WHAT? I called husband and couldn't get ahold of him, so called our landscaper from heaven, and he was in the neighborhood. I told him where the hide-a-key was and he went all through the house, calling, then realized that the dogs were standing outside one of the bathrooms. He opened the door and found difficult child hiding in a corner! He said, "Do you want me to get you dressed or do you want to do it yourself?" difficult child said he wanted to call husband and W said, "You could have called him all day. Could have called him 15 min ago. Why now? Get dressed!" He got difficult child to school at the end of the day, made a scene in the front ofc, called in the principal and asst principal, they told him that any more absences means that they can get the court system involved. difficult child had every excuse in the book. Couldn't find his shoes. (W said, "I'll buy you another pr. Next excuse.") Friend of a friend wanted him to smoke. (Just say NO) He ate real pizza and got a stomach ache (when you know you're allergic, you eat it anyway? NEXT excuse!) W called husband and told him that difficult child skipped Mon, Wed and Thurs. He was HOT! difficult child lied while he was supposedly getting on the bus, lied even about what he was wearing ... I talked to husband and he said, well, never mind. I don't want to get kicked off the board. husband told difficult child he was VERY disappointed in him and he took the hard drive and case and put it in his car. He locked my ofc upstairs,too so I hope difficult child isn't chiseling away at the door frame. After all was said and done, W said he may not be able to attend a mutual friend's Halloween party because he had a TIA and is undergoing all sorts of tests and doesn't know his schedule or if he may need surgery (maybe a pacemaker.) I felt SO guilty! He said he was more than happy to do it because he has always liked difficult child and knows what it's like to have a problem child (he's got one easy child and one difficult child). He is a saint! So, next time I go out of town, I hire a professional caregiver. Period.