I really don’t care why you were absent the other day. Really. Unless it’s a story worth telling (for instance — you were rescuing a child from a storm drain a la George Clooney on ER), don’t bother with the details. Just get whatever information you need from me (the paper topic, the translation line numbers, whatever) and let’s get on with our lives.
With no harsh feelings, just precious little time,
[Note for those who’re interested — my attendance policy is simple: Don’t miss class. If you miss more than three classes, it will affect your participation grade. A death in the immediate family (with obituary or funeral card for proof, I’m afraid) or your own grave injury or illness requiring hospitalization or other extreme treatment may qualify you for an exception or an incomplete, if necessary.]