April 15, 2009

Trivial importance

Every day after I drop Sam off at his work and I'm speeding through town to get on the freeway and start the 20 minute commute to my work, I turn right on a certain corner and there is always a young mother with a stroller and what looks like a couple 3-5 year olds standing there. I think she's waiting to put those kids on a bus to school although I've never seen the bus. Occasionally I've been at that corner earlier or later and she's either walking up with the kids or walking home with just the stroller. This mother intrigues me mostly because I see her every day but I've never talked to her. I don't know anything about her, really. I most likely never will. And still it fascinates me that our paths cross at 8:07 am every day at a certain street corner of the world.

Today she wasn't there. What?!? She's ALWAYS there! There was a sense of loss in me and I wondered what had happened to make her miss the all important walk to the corner. Maybe the kids are sick. Maybe she's giving them a special treat and letting them stay home and watch cartoons on this rainy day. I suppose it could be the kids' spring break right now. The point is that I actually care about this little family and I hope that everything's all right with them. Is that weird? Probably so. Maybe nobody else notices if the same pedestrians walk by their normal route to work. But I think next time I see her back on that corner sending her kids to school, it's going to be a really exciting moment in my life and I will feel a sense of peace and rightness with the world. Let me get my peace where I can, ok?


Casey 4/15/09, 12:18 PM  

Wow I love how you write. I could read your posts all day. You are awesome ok?

Becky 4/15/09, 5:44 PM  

Have no fear. Provo School District is on spring break until Friday this week. Just to let you know.

Krista 4/17/09, 4:40 PM  

Friends, thank you both!

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