Kids are fascinating to me, especially happy, inquisitive kids. Something about their innocent curiosity about everything in the world reminds me of my own childhood years, during which the world felt like a open-ended adventure.
This wide-eyed kid was just standing outside the Alameda Free Library. His mom was a few feet a way, returning a stack of books in the drop boxes near of the door. He was watching the patrons come and go with the same level of interest that some kids reserve for watching Dora the Explorer. When I noticed him looking at me and my niece, we both waved and said hi. He did not, but I noticed him give us a barely detectable smile as we walked by.