yesterday, tuesday, 4pm, the early hours of halloween, i found myself stumped,
due to my lack of focus.
it all started when i had hauled all my teaching gear to my crossover vehicle.
– well, the reading manual, so that i could figure out my next plan for the students, and a big fat AVID book, where i would find info to help me conduct a productive note-taking lesson with the kids –
anyway… i put those two texts onto the back floor of my car,
along with my white jansport backpack, a round fluffy Rugrat (Tommy specific) knapsack, the one i recently reclaimed, one that once belonged roberto, long ago, when he was a rugrat himself, and next to my macbook air,
i’m floundering, unfocused…
this is about my iphone; not my afterwork, parking lot life.
well, actually, the parking lot plays a big role here.
before i sat in the driver’s seat, i realized my phone wasn’t with me.
which, honestly, it isn’t unusual that i didn’t have it because i really don’t carry it with me much… whereby on the other hand, it’s actually amazing that i even noticed i had forgotten it… because i really don’t carry it with me much.
you get what i mean?
well now, after noticing the missing phone, i trekked back to classroom, hunted around for it, but couldn’t find anything remotely resembling my 2 1/2 year old white iphone.
i walked back to the car, sifted through my stuff, again, only to note that the phone was definitely not there.
once again, i unlocked both gates, walked back to class, lifted every paper and book, and found nothing except more papers and books. i stood there, near my desk and wondered.
and then i remembered that i had been cutting artwork out to hang up in the window so that the sun’s shine made the oily bones of the kids finger prints glow – which was actually pretty cool, a fun project for sure…
i was cutting the hand shapes, letting the fallen pieces of paper gather on top of my desk and when done i threw the paper in the trash.
no! i thought. no way. i did not throw my iphone away.
back at the car, i texted brad from my computer – thank goodness the internet was available out in the parking lot – then i walked to the trash can.
this is what i texted him, literally:
can you call my phone… i can’t find it… call a few times… i am outside by the trash then i need to go in the class…. keep calling until i answer it… if i call you good… if i don’t bad… i will message on my computer if i can’t find it… or my phone if i do…
he messaged back, OK.
i lifted out what i knew was my plastic bag of debris. the sprinkles of colored paper gave it away. then i walked back towards my vehicle and i placed the trash bag into the back of my car thinking that maybe i was overlooking the phone. something told me i was on the right track, but my thinking wasn’t concise. so, i decided i’d take the trash home and investigate there, just in case. i surely didn’t want to make a mess right there, at my place of employment.
that’d look odd. right?
seriously, though, no regrets.
that’s my motto, you see.
i heard no Old Phone ringing.
in the meantime, i assumed brad was continuously calling me because i hadn’t called or texted him back.
i walked back to class.
i walked back to the car.
opened the rover’s hatchback.
rifled through the bag of papers.
and then i heard it. ever so faint. my phone, ringing. coming from the trash bag. i stuck my hand inside. swirled it around. and found ‘the missing link’.
i answered brad’s call as i was walking the semi-heavy ladened trash to the large receptacle in the school’s parking lot.