As it turns out, the daughter told me that the second morning I saw the little girls at their window watching our morning send-off, the older of the two was actually doing squirrel faces with us. And that broke my heart a little, in a good way.
It occurred to me that I've written a good deal here about the characters I encountered as a child, so I suppose there is some justice in becoming one myself for a new generation.
Isn't life strange, sometimes in the most odd and delightful ways?
Go listen to some music: "Let Me Entertain You" from the musical Gypsy, music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and book by Arthur Laurents.