Driving and Biking in the Big City

Praise for free Wi-Fi and dip cones: a guest commuter

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Laura in her classroom

Hello, my name is Laura, and I am a commuter. My sweet little four-door Nissan Sentra is named Daisy. Most days the drive from my downtown apartment to the elementary school where I work takes us about 30 minutes. I am a reverse commuter; while everyone else is going into the city, I am leaving it. I miss most of the heavy traffic coming and going and will give my mom traffic reports as she heads into the med center.

One of my favorite commuting stories from last semester happened while I was heading north on U.S. 59. I got caught behind a car that was going 45 m.p.h. in the fast lane. I was thinking many not so nice things in my head as a passed the tan sedan. I glanced over to see if I could catch the eye of the driver to give her my “teacher look” of disapproval. When I looked over, I saw a nun in her full habit!  I immediately repented and have been trying to stop thinking mean thoughts about the driving of my fellow commuters ever since.

This year, a twist has been added to my life and my commute. I have started grad school to earn my master’s in Special Education from A&M. My classes are all online. I attend them through a web-based program and sit from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on my computer in my classroom on Mondays and Tuesdays and after my students have all gone home. Due to this change of schedule, I am learning the new way of nighttime commuting. Just as I was getting used to the rhythm of my new schedule, life took me on an adventure.

This week I had a workshop in Austin on Monday and Tuesday, which made attending my Tuesday class a little problematic. I went back and forth about missing class or staying in Austin until 7:30 p.m. and driving back home late.  Because I wanted to get home at a reasonable hour and  I had a quiz, I decided to embrace technology and hit the road.

I left Austin at 3:30 p.m. with the goal of making it to the Starbucks in Brenham by 4:30 p.m. As I drove through Central Texas, it became very clear that I would not make the hour and a half drive from Austin to Brenham in under an hour. As the start of my class rolled around, I decided to pull into whatever I saw next. I saw a few gas stations but didn’t feel they would be conducive to taking the first quiz in my grad school career.

Finally, I spotted the Dairy Queen in Giddings. I pulled over, took out my laptop and praised the Lord for free Wi-Fi and dip cones! I took my quiz with my ear buds on as customers came in to get their Blizzards and Hungerbusters. At 5 p.m., I packed up and drove the 45 minutes to Brenham where I finished the lecture with an iced mocha and an everything bagel at Starbucks.

I am proud to say I passed my first grad school quiz even with small children running around my table like mice looking for cheese.  Also, I made it home by 9:15 p.m. and saw one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve seen in a long time.

I love my grad classes but have been a little anxious about figuring out how to make my life work with my new schedule. As I was driving home from a long day at work and school one day last week I was praying about how I was going to handle everything and asking the Lord for help. As I prayed, I saw a star shoot across the 610 Loop. I took it as a sign from the Lord that all of the stress and the long hours are going to be worth it, and that He will not leave me out here to do the commute by myself.  

Happy Commuting!


Written by commuterchroniclesdbh

September 15, 2012 at 1:36 pm

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  1. Like her Mother, Laura writes with heart. Thoroughly loved the article! And no, God will not leave you on your journey alone. Bless you!

    Victoria Allen

    September 15, 2012 at 3:41 pm

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