The Slow-Cooked Sentence


Rachael Conlin Levy

Some instructions I overheard while watching the 800-meter dash:

“I was late so I changed into shorts while driving,” said a man sitting behind me in the bleachers.

“Were you wearing shorts underneath your pants?” a woman asked.

“No. I did it at three lights. At the first light, you take off both shoes. At the second light you pull off one pant leg. At the third light you pull off the other.”


Suddenly I remembered something I saw months ago while waiting at a red light. The driver of the car ahead of me had rolled down his window and shaken out a pair of jeans, then folded them up before driving off.

Middle-school track meet

This morning I am kicking myself for not turning around to look at this one and the same man.

2 responses to “Hindsight”

  1. You do have a knack for observation.

  2. kyndale says:

    Whoohoo Chaja!!! xo

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