The Oops

Keep focused. Watch your hands, don’t tilt them too much. Ah, there’s the shake. Stop it. Just take a deep breath, relax, and regain your focus. This isn’t brain surgery, you’re doing fine. Put one foot in front of the other, just like that, good. Oh, watch that rug, you don’t want to trip now. Slow and steady. Remember to smile!

What was that, that bump from behind? No, don’t turn around, just make sure you haven’t dropped anything. My guess is that bump came from the same child as is making that evil laugh. No time to scold now, you’re almost there. Just ten feet. The table is so close, soon you can put down this tower of plates and give your poor arms a rest. Oh, someone dropped a knife and you just stepped on it. You’re not cut but you’re starting to do the splits. Oh, no. Warm liquids are all over your arms and the warmth is spreading to your torso. And there’s the laughter. Is that someone clapping? Applause? Really?

You know what? You’re better than this. Go back to the kitchen, someone else will clean this mess up. You’re done with this place. This looks like a good time to go back to school and make those engineer dreams a reality. Keep focused.


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