Yesterday, I walked around this sign outside a coffee shop. Puzzled, I paused to look in the window but saw nothing unusual—no extra children or kittens. Then it dawned on me.
Last week our local schools observed spring break. Many parents chose to take that week as vacation from work. I found it very nice to have the usual bumper-to-bumper rush hour traffic moving at the speed limit, letting the expressways live up to their names. From this sign it seems, while those of us on the highways enjoyed our freedom, the week might have proved a bit too long for the parents’ familial goals of a wonderful, relaxing seven days spent bonding with their little ones.
I walked into the shop and at the counter, I ordered a latte and asked, “Do you have any more free kittens?”
“No, four litters are all gone,” the waitress replied, and her face lit with a broad smile.
I smiled weakly, trying to be pleased for her, all the while wondering how defensive I needed to be during my evening drive among parents now triply stressed from their weeks of relaxation, with new furry household members, and children thrown off their sleep routines.