So I went for the MTEL on Saturday morning. And I was aware that there was a no electronics policy. So I left my cell in the car and grabbed myself a book. As soon as I walked into the classroom and sat down however, the proctor told me - you must not have a book on you.
A book? I thought. Must not have? Must not have a book?
Ok, I said. What do I do with it? Put it away by the window together with everyone else's pocket books.
Well, a policy is a policy, those who have the power make them, those who have working brains obey them. So I put the book away.
And for the next 30 minutes I sat there suffering from some sort of withdrawal syndrome - no book to read, no phone to mess around with. What am I supposed to do? I felt weird. I felt empty. I felt as if those 30 minutes would never come back. And I was wasting them by doing nothing.
Weird do-nothing feeling! Not used to it.