Thanksgiving in the air

20 Nov

The sun shone brightly as I waved the cars forward. Yesterday was my first day of duty for the year and it felt glorious.

Walking into school that morning I could feel it in the air. The last few weeks, I’d been grumpy. Heck, almost every teacher had been grumpy. Yesterday felt different because we had a two-day week ahead of us and Thanksgiving was coming.

And so, I stood out front, waving cars forward, a smile on my face. I was wearing a hat I’d knit as a Christmas present for my mom a few years ago. It was the only article of clothing I took from her house, but I felt close to her wearing it, and happy because of the bright colors.


Some people waved back as I rotated my hand, guiding them forward. Maybe they could feel it in the air, too. The few people I had to speak to for minor infractions of the “active drop off” rule seemed remorseful. I even shared a silent chuckle with a few as we watched a clown car performance – a small car that spilled out several students, their backpacks, and rather large instrument cases. There were a  few eye rolls, and some impatient people, but I really can’t remember them. Yesterday, it was all about the good and I am thankful for that.

4 Responses to “Thanksgiving in the air”

  1. Amanda Burns Regan November 20, 2018 at 6:51 am #

    What a lovely slice! I could feel the lightness of your mood. I am glad that your experience with traffic duty was much better than what we experience at my school. People can be downright nasty! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a relaxing break. 🙂

  2. Brian Rozinsky November 20, 2018 at 8:08 am #

    In praise of deliberate wardrobe choices: That lovely handmade hat has “not grumpy” written all over it! Best wishes for the holiday season, Adrienne.

  3. Fran Haley November 20, 2018 at 4:05 pm #

    What I love here are the bald truths – you and “every teacher had been grumpy” – how well we know it! I love that your mother’s hat made such a difference, in feeling her near and in its cheerfulness. So symbolic. Such an uplifting slice.

  4. arjeha November 20, 2018 at 5:22 pm #

    The happiness of this post just shines through. Happy Thanksgiving.

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