The sun is warm and the birds are chirping. It is finally a spring-like day during this unseasonably cold spring.
The front window is open and I hear a group of boys talking.
The city is doing utility work on our street and there is a square of concrete which is removed surrounded by sawhorse barricades so that unsuspecting motorists do not drive into the section of missing street.
This is all I see, a square of missing street.
What the boys see, however, seems to be something more than that.
The three of them stand around the missing segment and look down into it and they talk to one another. I cannot not hear what they are saying, but they appear to be interested in what lies before them.
One of them puts his foot out, as if to step into the void (although only about six inches deep), but backs away from doing so. Again and again they circle the void, looking into it and talking.
Finally, that same boy, again puts his foot out, and after pausing, takes a step into the hole. The other boys, seeing that this one was okay, also step into the hole as well. Shortly after this, they move to the porch on a house across the street. The whole experience was about twenty minutes.
I could not help but watch the event. Not because it was particularly exciting, but because I was enamored with how interested these boys were in a square of missing concrete. Something which I overlook, or if I do notice, it is seen as a nuisance — this is a source of investigation and curiosity for these boys.
Perhaps they were bored and this was the most interesting thing. Or, perhaps they were curious.
Curiosity may have killed the cat, as the adage goes, but it is the very thing that is life-giving for humans.