The automobile stopped at the corner of Sixteenth and some dingy looking street. The lady got out. The man and the little girl stayed in the car.
This is a short little gem. It may have more resonance to parents than non-parents, but I think any adult will understand the loss of magic and joy felt so easily by children. It is poignant that as parents we work so hard on giving children fantastical stories and memories, but are unable ourselves to be as submersed in the magic.
"See Daddy, the good fairies are winning again."
The man was old enough to know that he would look back to that time-the tranquil street and the pleasant weather and the mystery playing before the child's eyes, mystery which he had created, but whose luster and texture he could never see or touch anymore himself..."
Please read it for yourself: Outside the Cabinet-maker's