Wednesday, 5 September 2012

The queue

We all patiently queue; I’m third in a line of about eight students. We’re all here for the same reason – we’re about to submit our thesis.

I look in my file and check for about the hundredth if everything’s in there. Three forms, four copies of my thesis and one CD. I gaze at the latter, wondering when was the last time I used it; I honestly can’t remember, I guess it’s truly out of date.

A girl walks out of the office, smiling and another one nervously steps inside. The line moves forward one short step.

I look into the office where eight student counsellors work. Obviously three of them are not working today. I turn around and notice that two more students lined up behind me.

A tall boy leaves the office and the girl in front of me walks in. I move one step closer to the door; I don’t really see the point of making that small step but I feel socially obligated to do it. That’s how we queue, the line must move forward.

16 comments:

  1. I'd be so nervous if I were you. I know what you mean though, we do this in traffic around here ;) It's pointless but you just have to move that one small step... :)

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    1. We have to move, no matter what. Thanks for stopping by sweetie. :*

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  2. Loved it when you said "I feel socially obligated to do it." Let's face it, if we don't move the step, we become "THAT person" in the line. Enjoyed this post.

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    1. Indeed. I'm glad you liked this post Barbara, thank you for your comment.

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  3. Congrats! So much work... I am in awe. :)

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  4. Loved how you ended it. We have to move forward continually in order to move on.

    Well done for doing your thesis though! I am sure you'll get great results!

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  5. I like this entry!
    And I love this part most... That’s how we queue, the line must move forward
    :)

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  6. I loved this post Tamara, beautifully written and tells so much in so few words. Well done on submitting your thesis, I know how much work you have been putting into your studies. x

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment, I'm glad you liked this piece. :)

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  7. Good job here Tamara, I got nervous just listening to your account. You have a gift of taking your readers along for the ride. Keep up the fine work. -R Keith

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