Five Senses: Waiting outside a school at pickup time

Sight: Mums sitting in cars scrolling through their phones.

An older woman wearing a baby pink tee is standing at the window of her house, behind the blinds, scowling at the cars parked in the street.

A green, lustrous hedge runs along a lemon concrete wall. The hedge is crooked, dipping in height.

Sound: A hollow drone of a muffler.

Birds chirping.

Cars doors opening and closing.

Power tools grinding in the distance, like a sander.

The low full thwamp of a bass beating from a cars sound system.

Scent: Rain coming

Taste: Sticky, musty, stale air.

Touch: the smoothness of my hand rubbing my jeans.

The warm rubber of the steering wheel.

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