"What if your teacher one day suddenly says, 'Okay class, AP exam today'?"

...quoth the sister, in response to me cheering about never having to take an AP exam again after tomorrow. It's interesting how much finality there is in a statement like that; for a few days, these things dominate one's life--and then they're gone, not with a bang, but with a whimper. Who said that, again? Dylan Thomas? I don't rightly know.

Mother's Day is meaningless here. At the least, le corps maternel could have been gracious about all those stupid little-kid gifts through the years; now, though, it's too late.

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