I am on the downtown bus to have coffee outdoors with everyone who walks by.
The bus slows for the next stop and a boy and a dog are running to catch us. The boy wears horizontal stripes. The dog is a small, neat collie. She runs ahead. The boy and the dog laugh as they run.
The bus stops. A woman gets off and stands. The dog and the boy run to her. The woman loses her bus face and laughs. They walk off together, walk across the park, the laughing dog and the laughing boy and the laughing woman.
On an afternoon like this the world is full of possibility. The woman is not trapped under the bus. The boy is not bitten by a snake. The dog knows the bus schedule.