It is 7:30 a.m. and I am cocooned in the tall seat of the small school bus. We are waiting for one more student to arrive. I'm not the only one asking myself what I'm doing there on a sub-arctic Saturday morning when I could be home in bed. I hear the kids asking the same question.
Just as we are ready to give up waiting, the student arrives. The Amity Debating Club is ready to go to the full-day tournament at Xavier High School in Middletown. On the road, the seven students forget about the sleep they've lost. They are looking forward to the debates and their enthusiasm makes me feel that I've made the right decision in saying "yes" to the teacher who asked me to accompany them as a parent-judge.