The bad news is that today the kids have gym first period, so they will smell like dead rats.
The good news is that it will mask the smell of what I’m pretty sure is an ACTUAL dead rat.
And the public school universe calibrates.
Kid: “I have a really good idea for when I’m older. It’s going to change the world.”
Me: “Great. I hope you acknowledge me, your supportive and inspiring 4th grade teacher, when you do it!”
Kid: “I definitely will.”
Me: “So am I allowed to know the idea? Just so I can prepare for fame.”
Kid: “Yeah. So you know how subway cars are always killing rats that live in the subway?”
Me (already regretting any involvement in this): “Yeah…”
Kid: “Well, I’m going to start a program that will protect the subway rats.”
Me: “May I ask why you feel the subway rats need protection?”
Kid: “Like, why should they have to die? They’re innocent! They can be protected and domesticated. Kept as pets, even! Everyone in NYC could have a pet rat! We could save them ALL!”
I take it back. Don’t you dare mention me.
In fact, we never met.
On my daily morning run here in sunny Boca Raton, Florida, I couldn’t hep but compare the contrasting aspects of my exercise routine down here vs. in NYC. Let’s look at these three categories:
2. Road blocks: Sometimes on a run, things block your path…..
3. Scenery as you leave your home and begin your run