And to think this is only the second time I've seen a punch thrown in the 3 years I've had the car...


Today I was driving down Mass Ave past Boylston Street, headed toward Huntington Ave. The car in front of me had stopped to let a family cross the street in the crosswalk. The woman was probably in her 60s, a large Black woman who struck me as a very proper Southern woman, though this is of course an assumption. She had a flowered dress, nicely curled hair, was wearing a hat and had a handbag over her shoulder. She had with her a girl about 8 and a boy about 10, who were probably her grandkids. The kids were wearing what appeared to be school uniforms (or maybe daycamp or summer school this time of year -- have any of the schools started?) They had on pressed shirts and khakis and their hair nicely done. All of the sudden the girl reaches behind Grandma and punches the boy. He first looks startled, then she laughs and points to my car. They both point at it and laugh, and Grandma just kind of rolls her eyes and herds the kids across the street.