May 16, 2016
Have you ever felt the comedy and frustration of waiting on your family to leave? My writing student Catherine, who is 15, wrote a poem about that ever-familiar event of getting out the door and finally hitting the road. Enjoy! 

Vacation
by Catherine Protiva 

I wake up at the crack of dawn,
The familiar tingling in my stomach.
I look at the clock and see that there are quite a few empty 
Hours before we leave.
I was ready to leave last night.

It’s already quarter to eight.
My parents are still asleep. 
They finally wake up at eight.
I was ready to leave last night.

We planned to leave at nine-thirty.
Now it is nine-fifteen.
My mom has just finished packing.
My brother is maybe half done.
My Dad hasn’t even started. 
I was ready to leave last night.

Nine forty-five.
Dad is starting to pack the car.
My brother and I pass the time reading.
Dad says we are all packed.
My brother and I hop in the car.
I was ready to leave last night.

We wait for ten minutes.
No one to be seen coming out the door.
We go back inside.
I was ready to leave last night.

Mom is packing snacks and water;
Dad is walking the dogs.
We tell them to hurry.
Back into the car.
I was ready to leave last night.

Another ten minutes,
Finally, they come out and hop in the car.
Dad runs back to lock the front door.
We drive off.
We reach the top of the driveway.
Mom asked if we accidentally let the cats back in.
Questioning tones. 
Back down the driveway.
I was ready to leave last night.

We are at the top of the driveway again.
Dad decides to make sure the sprinkler system is on.
Back down we go.
I was ready to leave last night.

We finally leave once and for all.
At ten-thirty!
I WAS READY TO LEAVE LAST NIGHT!

Catherine has been an A Time 2 Write student for the past two years. Her hobbies include reading, acting and playing soccer. She enjoys writing short stories and poems. 







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