Last night was school curriculum night at my daughter's middle school. Parents had to meet with each teacher for seven minutes. When the bell rang, indicating it was time to switch to the next class, we had two minutes to get to the next one. I felt just like a student, crammed in the halls, trying to make it to the next class, which was in some remote part of the building.
I did pretty well, until the fifth period. The teacher blah blah blahed way past the sound of the bell. Since I'm such a polite person, I stayed to listen to what he had to say. That was a mistake. There was no way I was ever going to make it to the next class before the bell rang.
Sure enough, I arrived late. The teacher gave me a funny look. "You're allowed only two more tardies, and then I'm going to have to give you a detention."
"But...," I protested.
"No 'buts'," she said. "Have a seat."
In middle school one day, and I'm already in trouble!