June 17, 2016:

Baby in the backseat SCREAMS. Dad closes the hatchback and sighs. Family vacations are not for the tired.

"See, hey, see, dad, the one out there that wasn't moving, it — "

Sweaty tired woman in muggy coastal heat, sweeps me neatly off the sidewalk with the large armful of bamboo her equally sweaty sister hands her. "Thank you," she says to her sister, with not a word to me, while I stand laughing in the gutter.