All of the drivers smile broadly while waving excessively at each vehicle they pass. So much joy. Each driver patiently waits their turn to pull up to the curb. As the vehicles stop at the curb in front of the large, wide, granite steps leading to the gigantic double doors, the teens make their exit from the cars. Some boys and girls bound out excitedly with wide smiles and shiny new backpacks. Others slouch slowly out of their minivans with long sighs.
I take my turn and let my two high school daughters off at the curb in front of their school.
As I drive towards home feeling a bit lonely, the jingle of a baby toy being shaken in the back seat reminds me that I am far from being alone.
So different from the past few years.