Waiting

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So much for Climate Change

Cars streaming far as the eye can see

I’m stuck in the flow

It’s the first day of school

Parents picking up their child

Cars large and small idling

in intense summer heat

Leaving carbon footprints

at three fifteen

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Today at d’Verse, De Jackson asked us to write a Quadrille (exactly 44 words) using any form of the word stream. I just got home after sitting in traffic lines at the local Charter School. Seemed like every child’s parent was there, lined up in both directions, to pick up their child. Took me fifteen minutes to go a mile through the stream of traffic!

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76 thoughts on “Waiting

  1. Ah. Back to school means different things for different folks! My children walked to school, thank heaven…..back in the day before bussing and the end of neighborhood schools.

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    • Thank you Victoria… Glad you are back stimulating our juices once more! I have been seeing California license plates here in the Charlotte area! Too many people here… way too many developments going in stripping the land! Very sad to see!

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    • It is frightening to see all the developments going in and the number of cars that will continue to increase as a result! How much pollution would two hundred plus cars put out while they wait. Some come an hour ahead of time to get to the head of the line! :>(

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  2. The first day of school!! Yes, I remember it soo well, there used to be tons and tons of traffic as parents streamed in with their children before the clock struck 8am 😀

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  4. Well said! My husband has a theory that if cars had some kind of dye put in them so that the exhaust came out purple or pink or something, it would make everybody see how much pollution they pump out. It’s kind of a cool idea. But I live in one of the most conservative/backward countries in the world so I’m not expecting any action in this neck of the woods.

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  5. I walked as a child and sent my son on the bus throughout middle school, but last year, with covid, I think every parent that can has been driving the kids. Everyone was paranoid their child would catch it on the bus! It is depressing thinking about our carbon footprints. Well written!

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  6. What happened to walking to school! That’s how I used to get there back in the day…depends on the distance of course, but I take your point. No one is willing to make drastic changes to their lifestyle.

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  7. Oh, gosh! But, yes, there are some solutions, too. Like buses.
    Important message, Dwight!
    Of course in The Dark Ages we walked to school or rode our bikes. 🙂
    (((HUGS))) 🙂
    PS…I get frustrated with rich famous celebrities who harp on environmental issues and they have several cars, several homes, a private plane, etc. 😮 Guess they want us common-folk to do something to change things. 😉

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