The Nice Thing About Strangers

Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.

The Beloved

The Nice Thing About Strangers

It’s an ordinary stoplight. Everyone waiting for permission to move on. And the blonde dog shivers, always nervous to ride in the car, even after an adventurous walk through the English Garden. The dog blinks his long eyelashes and pants as his owners pet him, encourage him to be brave. A small girl in the backseat of a neighboring car spots the dog. She crawls up to stand in the lap of her mother, nearer to the window, nearer to this fascinating creature. The girl has perfect dark curls–the dog luminous blonde fur. The girl leans against the window as the hands of her mother hold her steady, smiling at this act of independent curiosity. The girl never breaks her gaze from the dog, her smile beaming through the tinted glass. The dog never notices the girl, though his owners do. They wave, the tiny hand now waving back, as…

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7 comments on “The Beloved

  1. M. R.
    February 19, 2014

    But, Paige … the second dog … no mention? I suppose because s/he couldn’t be seen by the little girl. But the photo tells a whole other story about the relationship positioning between the two animals, don’t you think? 🙂

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      February 19, 2014

      Well, this is the blonde dog from the story (Balu), but this was on another occasion with his brother Arthur. Arthur is pretty awesome himself.

      He has his own post: https://thenicethingaboutstrangers.com/2012/09/19/you-can-tell-me/

      I almost never get a pic in the thick of the story at hand. Mostly, I don’t always know I’m going to write it. 🙂 Nonetheless, I agree. It was fun to see Arthur and Balu out and about together, and to see who noticed one or the other–or both!

      Have a nice week, M.R.!
      Paige

  2. Michele Riley
    February 19, 2014

    Great post Paige!

  3. Nora Sasvari
    February 20, 2014

    The only reason the little girl was attracted to Balu was that she didn’t see the Arthur…:)))

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      February 21, 2014

      Haha! I know, I know! 🙂 She may also have been a very conventional child. We know Arthur has the most admirers.
      See how M.K. wrote below that she was interested in Arthur’s story as well? 🙂

      Love.

  4. emeraldwake
    February 22, 2014

    Amazing Blog,Nice to meet You,Regards

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