Returning from school with Little Guy today, I came to an intersection that was a full-out clustercus of cars and construction and a woman walking a dog.
I don't remember who did or didn't lurch into the street, but we were all at a standstill, with one car (not mine) kind of holding everyone up.
It had potential to get ugly.
The woman walking her dog looked at the car in the middle of the street - its driver looked really uncertain about continuing through the intersection. She smiled and waved him through.
Then he smiled at her.
Then I smiled because I thought this was going to be yet another incident of too many self-important, self-absorbed d-bags that were going to honk and yell and gesture.
One simple smile diffused all the potential ugly.