Driving down Quadra street during the morning rush is no easy feat. It requires a lot of skill and a lot of patience. There are just two lanes: in the left lane you need to watch out for left turners, in the right lane you need to dodge the buses. This is a route that I have come to know quite well as Peter and I have used it to arrive at Tolmie Avenue every morning for five months.
You tend to become pretty familiar with a route that you have taken every day for five months. As we come down Parkwood there is always a red headed boy walking himself to where the school bus picks him up. We see the group of students waiting on the corner for this bus every morning too. If we’re running late sometimes we even see the bus. Then once we’re on Quadra we pass by two kids that used to be in my group at Kids Klub. They’re waiting for the city bus in their school uniforms. I always wonder if they see me. There’s the same Victoria Business School van that seems to be en route with us every morning. There’s the approximately 40-year-old woman with extremely blonde hair that walks on the right sidewalk every morning. I notice all of these things.
But now there is one thing missing.
We no longer take Quadra street every morning.
We don’t have to.
Because I’m on my leave now.
I wonder if those little characters that were a part of our morning will miss us.