Xmas Party

“One of the Family” (1880) by Frederick George Cotman

4:23 pm, final announcements before the dismissal:

“One day left before the Christmas break,” declares the teacher.

She doesn’t need to. The atmosphere is so dense with the eagerness it is as if you could choke breathing it. The students have been counting down the days since September. They sit restless on their chairs, itching to go home. No one had been listening…