Blue jean baby, L.A. lady, seamstress for the band
Pretty eyed, pirate smile, you'll marry a music man
Ballerina, you must have seen her dancing in the sand
And now she's in me, always with me, tiny dancer in my hand.
- Tiny Dancer by Elton John
I was standing at a crosswalk in downtown Ann Arbor yesterday at lunchtime waiting for the light
to turn when I glanced over at this young woman standing next to me with her Doobie Brothers T-shirt,
a matching bow in her hair and a wonderful guitar shaped purse hanging from her shoulder. She
looked at me and gave me a smile that was the nicest smile I have seen in a long time. I couldn't help
but smile back. The crosswalk light went on and as we walked across the street I overcame my natural
shyness and asked if I could take her photo. She smiled again and said sure, so as we walked along
I got a few shots of her. Trouble is, I didn't capture what I wanted to capture. The photos don't do her
justice. She really had a magical smile that lit up her face. And afterwards, that Elton John song just kept
going through my head. I was going to make this my PAD on Tuesday, but felt I had missed the mark.
But as I thought about it, I realized that I wanted to share this wonderful encounter. I don't know her name,
but I sure hope good things come to her in life. Whoever you are, thanks for that smile.