40 Lessons in 40 Years: Entry 7

Sometimes, your ride will be late.

The work situation my mom had when I was in kindergarten apparently made my rides to and from school somewhat tricky. The kindergarteners went to school for half a day, while 1st graders (my older sister) and above (my older brother) were in school for a full day. I believe I was in the afternoon class, as I recall being dropped off at the school early one day and the kids in the class were all the wrong kids. The teacher told my babysitter that I couldn’t come early, that I would have to wait. (Coincidentally, her name was Mrs. Earley.)

One day, the person who was supposed to pick me up didn’t show up when school was over. All I remember is that an older kid (someone I didn’t really know, but probably a 2nd or 3rd grader) offered to wait with me. My teacher said okay, and I waited outside with that kid. I guess I was eventually picked up… Otherwise, I’m not sure how I got here today.

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