to and from school each day
is always a bit of an adventure/misadventure
depending upon one’s perspective.
it’s not unusual for me
to get a hands-free text or call
from one of my teaching partners
in response to something going on in the road ahead:
an animal crossing, tire blowout, accident, truck spill, something on fire,
weather delays, political motorcade, funeral procession,
waving mascots, emergency vehicles, pop-up detours, construction,
or that old standby:
unusually heavy traffic due to the no-reason reason.
at this point
i turn up my music or book.
whoever happens to arrive first
will let our office know that the other
may be on time,
10 minutes late,
will arrive at a yet to be determined time before school lets out for the day.
fortunately we work with a very understanding administration.
the only thing i’ve learned to expect
with each curve of the road
there is the very real possibility of a new surprise.
“all you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.”
– earl nightingale
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