Monday, February 21, 2005

the smell of silence

this morning i arrived at school an hour earlier than usual. it was dark and quiet. the halls smelled like a school, rather than the wafts of heavy cologne, perfume, and sweat that permeate the air during school hours. the whole scene reminded me of my mother. she used to get up at 5 30am so that she could sit alone and drink her coffee before anyone else in the house got up. she always said it was her only time of peace. now i understand.

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