A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne
K. Young, Associate Editor.
It had rained heavily in the late afternoon, a typical May thundershower.
That morning had been beautiful, bright sun and blue sky. I had gone to work
in shirtsleeves, taking only a cap, mostly out of habit. Thundershowers occur
frequently in New England this time of year, but who would have thought, on
a pristine day like today, we would have an afternoon downpour?
I left the office late, having finished charts and answered telephone
calls, donning my cap, briefcase in hand, stepping out onto the side stoop,
walking briskly to my car through the rain. I drove with the headlights on,
wipers sweeping back and forth across the expanse of windshield, taking the
back way home through winding country roads. There was a story on the radio
about the earthquake in Turkey, but I wasn't listening. I was thinking about
the telephone call instead.
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