I woke up too early today, as usual, but decided that as soon as it was light out I would go biking. The students had started pouring into town Friday and I always connect college students with my own days biking to class.
But, as usual, I fell back to sleep and woke again around 7:30 a.m. So even though the sky looked like a giant, gray ball of lint, I got dressed and hopped on the bike.
My, it’s cold I thought, as I forced myself to pedal.
A few blocks later, I thought, gee, it’s sprinkling and that’s unpleasant.
At block seven the sprinkling turned to a downpour and I reminded myself that I was a retiree, not a college student, and I could just turn around and pedal home.
Which is what I did.
So much for nostalgia, but I never did like getting soggy. And I didn’t see any actual students on my short bike ride so there was no one to notice my short tribute ride.
So welcome back, students. Be good neighbors and citizens. Try not to over indulge in alcohol and other unwise substances. If we smile and say hi first, why not return the greetings. It’s another fresh start to the school year and let’s make this a good one.
And don’t laugh and point your finger if you see me biking by. Yes, I’m slow, but I’m out there pedaling. Just not doing it in the rain anymore.