The hyper little neighbor girl with her hair amuck is coming at warp speed on her bicycle down the sidewalk in the direction of my little poodle Max, who, for some unknown reason, has decided this is a good time to lie down and play dead on the very same sidewalk.
I’m a good 20 feet away watering the flowers. Something bad is about to happen before I can stop it.
I stand there, frozen, with the hose dripping–not sure what to do. This might turn into some very sad irony at any second, Max.
Do I yell at the girl to stop, scare the begeezus out of her, and make her crash or do I try to get Max out of the way? Does she know what she’s doing…has she gone mad? Can she see past her bangs covering her eyes? Can I make it to Max and sweep him out of the way without him freaking out first?
The girl skids to a stop as if she was testing me and Max the whole time. The devil in her eyes, she giggles with delight. I want to poise my hose in her direction, turn it on spray, and giggle in delight myself. I resist. Max wanders over to the little serial killer on training wheels and gives her a lick on the leg.
Maybe they were co-consprirators in this all along.