The Teach Write monthly challenge encourages writers to choose something and capture the moment. Today, I chose to be in the moment and I hope you will, too. To participate, you can click here.
The American flag over the whiteboard flutters from the puff of air from the overhead vent. I hear the HVAC unit hum, but the room is only somewhat comfortable. Everything else is quiet until I shift slightly, causing my chair to creak. I’m sitting at my desk by the windows, but the light is blocked by the shades. A breeze must be blowing outside because I can see the plants in the courtyard swaying slightly. The swing at the far end of the courtyard looks so inviting. I want to take my cup of tea and a book and go sit and swing and not think about anything.
The clicking of the keys are the only other sound. The keys are smooth to the touch. I grasp the mouse to move the cursor. I like this mouse because it fits my hand. I click once, twice, then back to the keyboard.
From the hallway, I hear someone’s voice. The building has been so quiet because people went out to pick up lunch. I’m sure that I’ll find stray bits of the salad I ate for lunch under my desk-I always seem to drop something when I eat at my desk. I keep putting off my search for random bits of food, but I know I need to do it.
My phone dings. Once, twice. I meant to silence it after lunch as I worked on lessons and activities.
The side door slammed shut. Someone’s walking down the hall. For a brief moment, things sounded normal (or six months ago normal). Then, silence again.