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Lots more behind gold teeth, sagging pants
It was just by chance that our eyes met. Two young men, one with gold teeth, the other with sagging pants, stopped laughing when they finally noticed my car heading towards them. They stopped so quickly they nearly tumbled into each other. The two young men stood soberly just a couple of steps off the sidewalk, and waited for me to pull out onto the main road. Everything happened so fast and without any thought—at least that is how I recall my side of events.
I had seen them coming, and knew they were in no danger of me hitting them. They only perceived danger because they really weren’t paying attention to their surroundings. So there we were: my daughter Ijanaya and I in my car; the two young men on the road, in some kind of standoff. In their minds, they would have to wait for me to pass. When I motioned them to cross the road, both young men beamed large smiles, the kind that come from an unexpected kindness.
That was the moment I saw the one young man’s gold teeth. I smiled because the gold teeth reminded me of a young man I love like my own son. Suddenly there was an air of familiarity to these boys. Further encouraged by my smile, they crossed the road with confident strides. They watched me, and I watched them and we never stopped smiling.
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