Monday morning. Sleepy.
Driving out, a few blocks from home. Quiet rural roads.
Hungry. Where did I put that toast-and-jam? I look at the passenger seat.
The car swerves to the right.
I catch the goof, swerve left, I am back to driving straight.
I explain to the kid in the back seat what happened. "I guess it's dangerous to drive hungry," I quip.
She does not laugh.
I glance back, notice her scared wide eyes.
I believe I've motivated her to catch the school bus from now on.