He was clearly doing the slow-route-back-to-class-from -bathroom-visiting-studying-every bulletin-board-grate-and dust-bunny. I had not seen him in two days thanks to class play dress rehearsal and the day of production, but it certainly had not been forever!
"I'll see you tomorrow," I added cheerfully, "don't worry."
"Promise?" he asked.
"Oh, I just remembered. I won't be here tomorrow," he smiled.
"Why not?" I asked wondering if he was serious or just kidding.
"I'm leaving for vacation on Friday," he smiled. "I'm going to Connecticut."
"Tomorrow's Thursday," I smiled, "so we can read together tomorrow."
"Unless I'm not here," he added.
"I sure hope you are here, tomorrow," I smiled as we parted ways and he resumed his hallway reading.
Sometimes, interruptions like class plays happen; however, my students often find ways to cope by hallway reading until we meet again.
PS He was there on Thursday!