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101. Leaving for Work
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At precisely 6 a.m., the sound of the
clock pierces the air. Sandy drags herself out
bed and begins her morning routine with a
shower. After her shower, she prepares a simple
. Grabbing a clean bowl from the dishwasher, she
into it a packet of instant oatmeal. She
in a cup of milk, stirs and heats
mixture in the microwave. While waiting for her
to cook, she dresses for the day, mindful
Fully dressed now, she removes her
from the microwave, which has now cooled just
to suit her taste. It is her favorite
, apple cinnamon. As she savors each bite, she
reminded of her mother, who always made sure
ate a warm breakfast before leaving the house
Checking the time on her phone,
hurriedly swallows the last few mouthful of oatmeal
heading out. As she steps into the street,
gust of wind blows back her hair. She
her head with the hood of her coat,
the scarf around her neck, and braces for
walk to the train station.
After settling into
seat on the train, memories of her mother
again. She takes out her phone and texts: "
mom, thanks for the scarf you knit me.
came in real handy this morning. Love always."