The mayor and alderman shake hands, smiling warmly. Around her, the crowd surges restlessly on the sidewalk, clapping half-heartedly until he jokes that they better pull the light switch since “a lot of kids want to get back to their homework.” Around her, all the school-age children boo.
Ugh. School. Her shoulders and resolve slump until several voices in the crowd shout, “Jobs for teachers. Save our schools and teachers!” Throughout the street, there is an uncomfortable silence. The mayor leans against the podium, his lips tight and brow furrowed. Note to self: It must be hard to be a politician. Especially when folks don’t like what you say or do.
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