Charles Dickens published most of his novels as serial publications, in weekly or monthly installments.
When I selected the name
for yesterday’s post, “The First Day,” I was being somewhat lazy and in no way
intended to imply that I would write a post called "The Second Day.” And when I hit the “publish” button at 4:07
p.m. I really had made the mistake of breathing an apparently premature sigh of
relief a full two hours after the sigh of relief that I had breathed just the
day before—previously referred to as “The First Day.”
Yesterday, the call did not come
until 4:25 p.m. as I was sitting by the window of my office, waiting for what I
naively believed to be the imminent arrival of the bus.
Well, David was still
sitting in the office at school. The bus
was missing in action. So, I made my
second mad dash in as many days to rescue my now understandably nervous boy.
I do believe that this
will be the final installment of David’s back to school story, but I cannot
make any promises. Dickens managed to
stretch David Copperfield to last a
year and a half.