It was a smooth drive. I had plotted out just the right amount of time. There was the threat of rain far off in the distance but right above there was a smidge of sun trying to burst through the gray clouds. I got off the highway and my on time travel plans were changed.
They were everywhere! Crosswalks. Crosswalks filled like a swarm of bees. No, they weren't bees because they weren't buzzing or moving very fast. Crosswalks filled with upright ants. Yes, tall upright ants were filling the crosswalks. I felt like I was in the middle of an ant farm or an ant colony that was relocating. I would drive my van a small distance only to come to another crosswalk. I began envisioning these upright ants carrying mounds of crumbs and scraps on their backs. Then I realized I was falling a little bit behind in my journey and started to get frustrated. These ants then became pillars in a pinball arcade game but that didn't really matter to them. A few times I got lucky and made them wait for me. It was at this point I heard that little arcade bell go off in my head. Yea, Mandy - one for you! and more cheers for traffic lights. The upright ants actually pay attention to traffic light signals, I could finally breathe for a moment. I found my destination and was grateful I was off the road and could rest for a bit. Then my college freshman daughter got in the van and I realized we had to leave campus. Lucky for me, I knew a different path out of campus and realized there were less crosswalks which meant less upright ants to dodge and driving was a bit easier. I've already plotted a better road path into campus and learned a few things today about navigating campus during the week. There are lessons to learn everywhere we go.
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