Approaching next stop, I slowed down the school bus. Alice, one of my 4-year old kindergarten passengers, lived in a beautiful country house, surrounded by vast, green fields.
While opening the door, I saw some sheep and a llama grazing nearby. I smiled at Alice and asked her, “Are those your animals?”
The happy light in Alice’s eyes instantly disappeared. She frowned and muttered, “They’re not animals! It’s my mother and my sister!”
I looked again and saw a woman and a little toddler walking towards Alice, now slowly climbing down the stairs, one high step at a time.