One morning this week, I had to drop my car off at the garage for a service. I walked home.
It was still before 8.00 AM, so the school traffic – vehicular and pedestrian – had not yet cleared.
As I passed by a local school, I saw one young girl walking towards me. She was wrapped up against the cold – as she felt it! – and making steady strides despite the ominously large backpack she was carrying.
Even more impressive, was that she was making her way while eating her breakfast cereal.
No, not out of a packet.
No, not out of a bottle.
Out of a bowl.
She was playing the perfect part of a pedestrian, while spooning out her breakfast cereal, and eating it on the go. And nary a drop was being spilled.
I’m not sure if it is appropriate to criticize her for being late, or commend her for her practical approach – and skill. But at least I now understand why the kids need to have such big schoolbags; it’s for their school stuff, and their breakfast bowl and spoon! Come to think of it, maybe there was a big box of Rice Krispies in her schoolbag…