I saw a small child unknowingly
drop a beloved stuffed dog
as his mother pushed the stroller
throughout the store.
I saw an elderly man
grunting, with great effort,
stoop to retrieve the ragged mutt
calling out in a deep, trembling voice
unheard and overlooked.
I saw the elderly gentleman
clutching the symbol of comfort
lurching with a slow
and painful gait,
follow the sound of crying.
I saw the distraught mother
desperately searching for a beloved toy
maternally knowing the significance
of the ‘Made in China’ item
to her much-loved child.
I saw the old man gasping for breath
quietly reach out a shaking hand
silencing the child with the gift
the mother’s face filling with relief
as her child felt safe once more.
I saw time stand still
and as a small incident in life
unfolded before me, I realized
there is a goodness in all
the little moments of life.