A young red-headed father is carrying his identical offspring on his shoulders as they tool down Park. You can feel his joy, like sudden sun, shining in your path.
I sidle alongside and say to the little boy no more than four, “That’s quite a ride you’re having.”
Both father and son burst into grins, their green eyes disappearing into their round, chubby cheeks.
“Better than a taxi,” Dad says.
“And cheaper,” I say, also, pleased as punch.
“No, he gets charged,” says Dad, “a penny a block.”
This time we all smile, as if our faces would break. Kids and puppies….one can’t help but be charmed.