What I Wish I’d Told the Girl in the Woods

She was a 15-year-old Muslim girl from Dubai. I saw her taking photos across the pond. My dog jumped up beside me on the low wall. That’s when she took our photo. Then slowly and shyly, she made her way towards us until I said hello.

She told me she had never pet a dog before and was afraid. I told her Leo was a gentle puppy. I promised her he wouldn’t bite.