|Image: A busy intersection, but not the one described!|
I'm not sure that words can explain what I saw, but I will try.
The damaged cars were near the corner to my left, through the intersection. A young man, quite obviously in his teens, was standing beside an old-looking car with the right fender bashed in. It appeared that the other, expensive looking car had hit this boy's vehicle, possibly as he was turning left after the light had changed to red. No one involved in the crash seemed physically hurt, although the owner of the nicer car may have been impatient, and the boy appeared upset.
I noticed an older-looking couple waiting for a chance to cross the street on the far-right corner. Their ragged-looking outfits made me assume that they were quite poor - but from their very public display of affection, they seemed happy!
Also waiting to cross, on the corner just to the right of my car, were three people - a small girl, a boy in a stroller, and a man who appeared to be their father. The boy was bigger than a child you would normally see in a stroller - larger than his sister, in fact. He was exhibiting some symptoms that suggested a diagnosis of cerebral palsy. When I first noticed them, the father looked tired. While they waited, however, it appeared the small girl said something to make her father laugh. Then they both leaned in and acted out their joke, to engage the boy.
A police car was parked at the corner to my left, with its lights flashing to warn motorists of the accident. Just as this scene all took root in my mind, the policeman waved me on. I navigated carefully through the partially blocked intersection.
In just the few moments I sat on that corner, I observed all of the following conditions of humanity:
Life is just like that intersection.In varying degrees at varying times, we are all on the corners of hardship and happiness. Sometimes our fate is determined by which corner we turn; sometimes we are forced - or lucky enough - to go a different way than we had planned. Somehow, life works. Especially if an element of order is present, and if we always make sure there is enough love.
Do you agree?
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