Yesterday was the first day of school. It was a coincidence and not by plan that I found myself in my car rather than on Billie. That said, I'm grateful for the heads up it gave me.
My usual commute takes me past a high school. In the past during the school year it has been the scene of some interesting incidents, but it has never been quite the mess I found yesterday.There was a line of buses dropping off students. The line seemed to go on forever. There were teenagers seemingly more intent on getting to the other side of the road than paying any attention to traffic. Cars in my lane were cheating into the oncoming traffic lane, and all traffic slowed to a crawl.
Today I was back on Billie. I wasn't looking forward to riding past the high school, but being forewarned I decided to go my normal way. As I crested the small rise before the school I covered my brakes and readied myself. What I found was a bigger surprise than what I found yesterday. Nothing. Well, not nothing, but in comparison to yesterday it sure seemed like it. There was one bus letting off students. There was some activity in front of the school and some parents were dropping cautious kids off on the other side of the street.
Now I find myself wondering. Did I leave a little later today than yesterday? Or, perhaps a tad earlier? Or, was what I experienced yesterday just first day of school chaos? Only the future knows.
No matter what tomorrow may reveal I'm making a note to self: Next year when the first day of school comes stay away from the high school.