Jeff Pearlman

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My Sad Today

Today, for me, is a sad day.

It’s the last day of school.

I know … I know—last day of school! Summer! Pool parties and ice cream and hot days and …

I agree. Summer’s great; no complains. It’s just that, well, I really love dropping my kids off at school every morning. It’s my absolute favorite part of the day. Particularly, from 8:25 to 8:32ish, the casual stroll from the car to the school’s front door. In an odd sense—even though there are kids everywhere, screaming and laughing and yapping—it’s the quietest of moments. The three of us just walk and chat. About anything, everything. Teachers. Friends. Food. Sports. It’s a frozen gap of time, where the world goes silent and still and life is simply a father and his children.

I also dig the banter. The waves to other parents. The exchanges with familiar kids. High-fiving Brendon. Asking Billy which sports jersey he’s wearing. Pretending to grab Ashley and Emily’s hair. Talking trash with the principal and the PTA president. Exchanging information. I could make that walk all day and be pretty content.

Alas, it’s over for the school year.

Sigh.

  • Patrick

    Jeff, I’ve lived in Florida since my family moved down from Connecticut when I was nine. (I will not give away my age by saying which year) I’m now a school teacher down here and to this day I’m amazed at how the school year starts and ends earlier in the South (mid-August to first week in June) than it does up North. So about your post, a few weeks ago I went through the similar feelings but on the other side of it- the school year seems to end abruptly and it’s always over before I know it. Anyway, enjoy your summer!

  • Jim

    Bite your tongue, I’ve still got another week!!!!

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Once again, Jeff Pearlman has produced an exhaustively researched, elegantly written book that re-creates one of the most colorful and memorable teams of the modern era. No basketball fan's bookshelf will be complete without it.

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