Texas mom writes funny absentee note to daughter’s teacher for Taylor Swift show

An Austin mum has been celebrated on social media for the creative email she sent her daughter’s teacher saying she would be missing school for one of Taylor Swift’s upcoming concerts.

Rather than sending a simple email to say that her daughter will be absent on April 24 after attending one of Houston’s dates on Swift’s Eras Tour, Karen Vladeck chose to look into her inner Swiftie and write a note laden with references to the singer’s discography.

Karen Vladeck visits the Taylor Swift Education Center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee.Courtesy of Karen Vladeck

Vladeck, 38, tells TODAY.com that since it was the first time his daughter, who is in first grade, would be taken out of school for something ‘fun’, instead of a sick day she wanted to find a clever way to share the news with her teacher.

“At first it was going to be a long sentence, then I got into it and kept releasing different titles,” she says.

The lawyer and legal recruiter shared the clever email she sent to her daughter’s teacher on Twitteradding the message, “I hope my daughter’s first grade teacher is a Swiftie.”

Following the “Anti-Hero” themed subject line “It’s me, hi, I’m the problem, it’s me”, Vladeck kicked off the email in full force with another “Midnights” referencewriting, “Dear reader [Ms. Parks]I am writing to let you know that Maddie will not be at school on 4/24 because she is going to the Taylor Swift concert in Houston.

“I hope missing school doesn’t ruin her otherwise stellar reputation, but she begged me to go and maybe I should have said no but I didn’t mean to be mean,” continued Vladeck, before inserting another Swift reference. “So, how are you…”

Vladeck added: “Either way, I hope this doesn’t leave bad blood between you and Maddie and that things for the rest of the year don’t get treacherous.”

“I know I did something wrong and I promise this will be the last time she has an unjustified absence before the cruel summer begins,” she said before signing her e-mail. mail, “Forever & Always, Karen Vladeck”.

The email Karen Vladeck sent to her daughter's teacher.
The email Karen Vladeck sent to her daughter’s teacher.Courtesy of Karen Vladeck

“I sent it without asking my husband, even though I copied it over,” Vladeck tells TODAY.com. “When he saw it, he was like, ‘What are you thinking?’ But then the teacher responded immediately and she loved it.

Vladeck says Ms Parks, who has two teenage daughters, found the email “hilarious”.

On Twittershe also shared Ms Parks’ official response to the Swift-themed email, which said in all caps, “THIS MADE MY ENTIRE DAY”.

“MS PARKS GETS IT,” Vladeck wrote in the tweet.

Vladeck says the response to the email has been overwhelmingly positive and a welcome break from the negativity on social media.

“There’s so much bad news right now, we can spend a few minutes appreciating that someone wrote a funny note to their teacher and it doesn’t have to be so bad,” she explains. .

Vladeck, a longtime Swift fan, is thrilled to attend the concert with her daughter. She shares that this will be Maddie’s first gig, calling the timing a “big deal”.

“Parents now always talk about those foundational memories, but I really hope that in 20 years she’ll be sitting with her friends saying, ‘Oh, what was your first gig? and she says, ‘My mom took me to The Eras Tour when I was 7,'” Vladeck says.

In addition to making memories with his daughter, Vladeck is also celebrating the message Swift conveyed throughout the tour.

“I love the message of what The Eras Tour stands for, that you as a woman can constantly reinvent yourself if you want to,” she says. “I’ve been listening to Taylor Swift since ‘Tim McGraw’ came out and the fact that she’s still here and she’s still so incredibly relevant – even more so than when she was 18 – it’s just a amazing message for little girls.”

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