One of the more difficult topics to dance around in a non-Jewish setting is Chol Hamoed.
It’s an eight day holiday, you tell them, so they ask how you’re going to manage missing eight days of school.
Oh, we’re only missing four, you reply, merely the first two and last two.
But they thought all Jewish holidays needed school-missing?
No, you explain, the eight day holidays like Passover and Succos have a break in the middle where you can do things, but it’s still a holiday.
And they look at you like you, personally, decided to instigate religious holidays deliberately to annoy them.
I’m not so happy about going to school on Chol Hamoed, in general, but I can’t miss a week’s worth of lecture, either. So I’ll avoid writing and feel guilty