The Midwest is experiencing a winter for the history books. Writer and poet Teddi B shares with us the story of how he made it to the bus this morning in a piece called "It's Getting Icy Out Here."
Good Morning, beautiful people! I would like to share my morning with you today. here's how I got my day started.
I woke up 15 minutes before I had to be out the door, after having had
three hours of sleep. I lazily woke myself and got dressed and then
realized I didn't have Exact change for the bus, thereby adding 3
minutes to my morning. So, as I walked into 7-11 to break a ten and get
change, a Pepsi truck pulled up outside blocking my view of the bus
stop. I took note and resolved to get done extra expediently.... upon
leaving said convenient (albeit overpriced) store, I headed for the
Pepsi truck and heard what sounded like air brakes on the other side of
it (if you ride the bus you know that sound lol) so I quickly trotted
around the Pepsi truck and behold the bus was there! people were getting
off luckily, though I wonder where they were coming from at 6:37am...
but I digress...
So... I proceed to run for the bus, which is something I NEVER do on
sheer principle. but I made the exception rather than stand in the cold
for thirty minutes.
Now to the good part...
rounded the bus, I barely missed slamming into someone coming out of the
rear door. and in my haste to apologize and make it to the summit,
which was the front door, I neglected to remember that it's winter time
and thus was oblivious to the patch of ice that lay between myself and
my destination. I took a sprinting step and BOOM.. Down I went with a
loud thud, as I attempted to catch myself against the side of
the bus but only managed to draw more attention to my seemingly endless
tumble... as a last ditch effort, I reached for the door, half to stay
up and half, I think, because it was my destination and I was so close! I
grabbed it, but it did not hold. It flexed under me and I hit the
ground, my head illuminated by the interior lights of the bus, and all I
could do was look up at the driver from my snow covered embarrassment
and say "it's getting icy out here".
I proceeded to board and ride the bus, making no eye contact with anyone aboard.