"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Back to work

Back to work yesterday, along an almost empty road, no hold ups, no queues of traffic. It was eerie, almost reminiscent of a scene from one of those sci-fi films where aliens have abducted all the humans. Not a child in sight either, which meant, I think, that ours was the only school in the universe mad enough to be back at school so early in the new year and judging by the empty roads, it doesn't seem as if many other people are back at work yet either, at least in this area.

The next person to comment adversely on teachers' supposedly long holidays will get a kick where it hurts!
So there!


  1. Make the most of the empty roads, it won't last.
    I wouldn't dare!

  2. I must admit commuting into Toronto everyday since Christmas has been wonderful - in fact New Year's Day at 5:30am I think we were pretty much the only ones on the road heading into work. Bliss!

  3. What's this about "going to work" godammit. You're a teacher! I mean standing in front of a bunch of kids and telling them what to do hardly constitutes work does it? Long holidays, finish at 3.15 in the afternoon. Oh my lord, you're living the life of Riley!

  4. Remind me, YP, what exactly is it that you do for a living? Let me see now, it's on the tip of my tongue... oh yes, TEACHING!!!! So your point is...? (1 day I'll be over in that there Yorkshire - be afraid, be very afraid!!!)

  5. New Year's Day at 5.30am? Sue, you deserve a medal! :)

    Very wise, Flighty. ;)

  6. Many folk are still on holiday here too. I'm not too sure the standard vacation time but here its 4 weeks for many unless you're a teacher...judge etc then its 6 weeks plus :o)

  7. Never mind, dear, you will be an old age pensioner in a couple of years, and you will have all the time in the world to dawdle about the roads,have a flask of tea with you at all times and stop in various cafes and discuss the price of incontinence pads and how you'd like to 'get your plumbing sorted'...



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