Voices | OVERHEARD

Innocence and distraction

Young boy (trying to keep up with his mother and father on a bike): Mama-chan, can you wait a bit? You’re going too fast.

Mother: You should be able to keep up. I’m almost as young as you and I’m not even going very fast.

Boy: You don’t look very young.

Father: Oh, look! A sunflower.

— Near Shimokitawaza, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo. Overheard by The Japan Times On Sunday

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