Today I was walking along on the street when I inadvertently stepped on a Capri Sun juice thing on the ground, causing a stream of liquid to shoot through the straw and across some girl's thighs and butt. She was audibly shocked, and started gasping and looking around. I had to explain that I had stepped on a juice box, apologize profusely, and walk the hell away as fast as possible.
Also today I went to get a haircut, and the woman cutting my hair said to me, "How much do you want on top, well you don't have much on top, heh heh." Only women barbers say things like this. And yet I tipped her.
I didn't see much of L last weekend, because of the hurricane. And I haven't seen much of my family either, because work has been crazy. This is one of the most hectic weeks of the entire academic year, as we launch a new academic year and welcome the new students. There are moments when we participate in the life of the school community, when the students' youth and naivete erupts in moments of genuine enthusiasm and gratitude, that are actually quite moving. And then there are moments when I have pull back the reins on my irritation, such as when students march directly into my office without invitation and start talking at me, or when I receive an email from someone with a completely inscrutable email address who doesn't sign their message. "Who sent this email to me?" I replied back, before I could stop myself.
I have been a negligent marathon trainee, I regret to report. For the first time ever, I missed my long run last weekend because of hurricane-related childcare responsibilities. I only had time for one early-morning three mile run this week. And I don't know if I'll get in a long run this weekend. But then I will get back on track.
But tomorrow: we are packing up a rental car and driving to Rehoboth. A couple of days at the beach, a couple of days to introduce Alice to important things like Funland and Grotto Pizza and Browseabout Books. Jumping in the waves. Walking in the cool evening sand. The cry of the seagulls, ice cream on the boardwalk. It's important that she knows this.