Our expert says:
Don't feel guilty. YOU did nothing wrong. Your son did nothing wrong, only felt disappointed because circumstances didn't work out. In the long scheme of things, one day's run in the cross-country team isn't anywhere near as important as it seemed to him. With really no notice, getting off work was understandably impossible for you, and such favours are better saved up for genuine emergencies. And he hadn't the right clothing or shoes, all things the thoughtless school authorities ought to have thought about before upsetting him. The school was being unreasonable, and cruel in even allowing a kid to feel so bad about something so trivial. They should ensure he has another opp[ortunity, with proper advance notice, to run with that team.
You feel guilty because you are a responsible person, inclined not only to feel guilty when you should, but to feel guilty even when you shouldn't, when other people are in the wrong.
Have a chat with him this-evening about why it wasn't possible, and how some things ( like your job ) are even more important, and how you and he can look for other oportunities.
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