By: Veronica Diaz
Laughter rang from outside. The warm summer sun shines over a picture of childhood innocence. The woman smiles at the scene. The youth of the neighborhood has collected on the street in front of her house to enjoy one of the last days of summer.
“Car!” one of the boys yelled. The kids quickly part to the side of the street as the blue Ford Explorer passes by. They anxiously wait for the signal.
“All clear!” another boy yells.
The offense and defense line back up and the game resumes. The young girls grab their jump ropes and begin another game with their little brothers. On the sidewalk a two little blond girls are drawing with chalk, their hopscotch is almost complete.
All of the children's faces show no worries through their smiles as they continue to indulge in their activities. The neighborhood supervises them throughout the day in an unspoken agreement. Only sunset will cause bring this scene to end. Everyone returns to their homes, until tomorrow sun brings new adventures.