The First Walk to School

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Young Adult  |  House: Booksie Classic


I wrote this after I moved to CA from NJ, after graduating high school. It was inspirers from the love of my dad on the ride from my house to the airport. It was just him and I in the car. It was a
long 30 minutes for the both of us.

Submitted: February 23, 2018

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He stood on the front step as his son continued down the path, beyond the hedges, toward the sidewalk. The boy's little bookbag swung gently on his back. His eyes followed the boy, and as he protected his vision from the sun, he saw the distance that had grown. His son stood between the hedges as he turned around with a big smile and waved to his father with slight reluctance. The father held his hand up high and gave a broad wave as his son continued down the sidewalk. The father quickly made his way between the hedges onto the sidewalk as well, just a few strides away from the boy. As the father watched the distance grow, his son stopped again, turned to him and waved his tiny hand, signaling goodbye. As the father retaliated with a smiling, reassuring wave, the boy continued on, walked another couple steps, turned and waved again. Tearful, the father repeated his action, smiling even more proudly, as the distance became real. Just another block, the boy turned around and waved again with slight courage. Nearing the school, as if it were the first time, the boy turned and waved. And the father just kept waving back, admiring the bravery of his boy. He just continued to wave, until he couldn't see his son anymore.

 


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