There's this one scientist guy who says that everyday he asks the universe to surprise him. So today I woke and I said, "Ok, universe, surprise me."
I'm walking my kids to school, and, of course, we have the dog with us. This guy comes riding on a bicycle and he has this big German Shepherd. His dog lunges at my dog, and the man comes down on his bike. I say, "Are you ok?" The guy doesn't even look at me. He grabs the dog's head and starts pounding on its nose. "No, no," I say. "It's ok. You don't need to do that." The man gets up and goes away.
I minute later a homeless man turns the corner in front of us. He has everything he owns tethered to this shopping cart and he is pulling two big dogs. He reaches the crossing guard, Sam, who pulls out a handful of dog treats and gives them to the dogs. We reach Sam, who gives our dog a treat, and then the homeless man's dogs start lunging at my dog. The man yells, "Stop it! Stop!" He voice is cold and angry, and my dog is nowhere near his.
And I felt: surprised by the universe. And sad.