The Texas heat is especially unforgiving in August. A dark-haired woman sits in her car, flipping a key chain between her fingers, as she eagerly waits for the next green light. She sits, lost in the sensation of the smooth jingling keys, momentarily unaware of the world around her.
In an instant, the woman is jolted back to reality by an unsettling, noise.
A small child is running at full speed up the sidewalk towards the elementary school. Heart racing, it takes Kat a moment to pair the sound, a loud high pitched screech, with the noise maker.
Finally, the light turns green and Kat manages inch up two whole car lengths. She reaches up and adjusts here rear-view mirror. “That happy kid”, she laughs to herself “I was never that happy when I went to that school.”
Suddenly Kat found herself reliving a memory. First person video of a familiar classroom began to roll in her head. Vivid and colorful memories, with infinite looping playback.
Kat found herself toe to toe with an old nemesis, her first-grade teacher.
This new teacher was a force to be reckoned with. Mrs. B. demanded blind obedience from her students. She was a “my way or the highway” kind of teacher. Students who questioned her were quickly placed on her “shit list”.
The traffic light turned green.
Kat quickly re-entered reality, pressing into the accelerator with enough force to make up for the distance she lost while daydreaming at the light.
“Mind on the road!” Kat tells herself, as she hits play on the touch screen car stereo. “No thinking. No distractions!”
Twenty perfect piano notes dance, tickle the car speakers as Mad World by Gary Jules takes over the car.
Once again Kat’s mind had floated away. Gone someplace else, lost in a music video created by her mind. “Teacher tell me what’s my lesson? Looked right through me. . . . looked right through me.”
“Shit!” Red light. Kat slams on the breaks, managing to stop the beat up Nissan Sentra just in time. “Fuck!”
“Mindfulness. Right now. Right now. Right now” she muttered under her breath, as she spun the stereo dial until it clicked into the mute position.
6 thoughts on “NeuroRebel – Float Away Mind – Fiction Based on Reality”
Hi, I saw you liked my post. You seem to have quite a following on here. Looks like a pretty cool sight by the way! I’m looking to get more followers and to build a community and discussion around autism. Any chance you can give me tips on how to get my blog seen and out there? Thanks, Fern xx
Hey Fern – thank you for dropping by! I started the blog in November. My tips would be use relevant tags, post at least 2-3 times a week and interact with your readers. Also – most importantly be yourself. People seem to like when you are real with them. I am honestly surprised at how fast people have found my blog – when I blogged about dog training for my business it was NEVER this popular.
Excellent!! Although, you did manage to inadvertently make me feel old by crediting Gary Jules with the composition of Mad World. Old farts like me know it as an original Tears For Fears song, circa 1983 and we aren’t sure who Gary Jules is. But this was a great, powerful story.
Oh yes, 1983 is a few years before my time. There is another version now, a beautiful young lady, Jasmine Thompson, sings it wonderfully!
Fellow old fart. I only know the Gary Jules version from the movie Donnie Darko. Excellent song!
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