The old cliche of "Not tonight honey, I have a headache" is a cliche for a reason, I assume. A headache is a nondescript, non-provable ailment that is hard to argue against.
I have to confess that now that I have children "I'm sorry, he's running a temperature today" works to my same advantage. I do not use it very often, but there are very few parents who would say to come on over if your kid is working 101.5 between the ears.
I just used this excuse not five minutes ago. We'd made plans with someone to meet at their house, have the kids play and have a nice visit so the husbands could meet each other. She told me that she had to confirm with her husband and would call back. She never has. So here it is, Sunday afternoon and I am in the dilemma of whether or not we are supposed to go and visit. She has pulled things like this before, and today I am feeling punchy. I don't understand why it is that I have to follow up.
So I rang their house, got the machine:
Hi, this is NATUI. I know that we had booked it on the calendar to come today, and I don't know if you ever had the chance to confirm with your husband (because you didn't bother to call, text or email), but nonetheless, LittleMan has caught the same spring cold as all his classmates (which is actually true) and is really congested (disgustingly true) and he is now running a temperature after his nap (not yet proven true as he is still napping in the stroller).