There was a little girl in Dove park today, and that tiny fellow had all my attention. She sat beside a dusty walkway, and people moved about without throwing her a single glance. But I noticed her from the moment I stepped into the park. Even among the crowd, there was a sad halo around her that was hard to ignore.

“Poor child,” I said when curiosity drew me closer, “Are you lost?”

The little girl raised her head slowly in a robot-like movement, and when I gazed upon her face, I saw a face too old for a child.

“I can never get lost,” she said, “But thank you lady for asking.”

When the girl dropped her head back to what had stolen her entire attention, I followed her gaze. On the floor in front of her lay two dolls—exactly alike.

“Is there a problem?” I asked.

The girl moved her eyes from the dolls to my face. “Mama said I can’t have two similar dolls at home. I have to throw one away.”

And you came all the way to Dove park to do this? I thought, strange little lady.

“Then pick one already,” I said, trying to be helpful.

“I love them both.”

A small smile crept into the corner of my left lip. “Sometimes, little woman, the best way to make decisions is to not make decisions.”

A funny look appeared on the girl’s face as though she thought I was mad, so I shrugged and walked back to my chair. From that position, I watched as she deliberated on which doll to pick.

When she made her decision, she stood up with sadness in her eyes and walked towards a woman who held a wailing child. Without the woman’s knowledge, she dropped the two dolls into the woman’s unzipped bag.

As I watched her leave the square, I wondered what the woman’s decision would be when she saw the two strange dolls in her bag.

Anyway, it was her own burden now, not mine—nor the strange child’s.

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