They married and bought a house early on, while the neighborhoods were still being built. Every morning, they walked their dog past the open doors of a coffee shop.
The city offered each homeowner a free flowering pear tree. They planted theirs in the front yard.
The roots grew until the sidewalk rose and buckled. The city sent a bill for $500.
In the mornings, they open the door. The dog’s muzzle is gray. He’s stiff with arthritis. They walk on opposite sides of the street, and take turns holding the leash.
Photo credit: Seeman