Adorably unsafe at any speed

I was walking to the health club the other day, and I paused at the corner of Wayland and Pitman. It’s a bad corner: Wayland Avenue drivers are timid and hesitant, and Pitman Street drivers are aggressive and nasty.

I waited for all the cars to go through before I crossed. But the last car caught my attention. It was driven by a woman with something like a fox terrier in her lap. She was actually driving while resting her chin on the dog’s head. The dog was avidly looking out the side window, while the driver was looking straight ahead.

It was adorable, and terrifying.

I’m just thankful that the driver wasn’t on her phone, or texting, at the same time. Who drives with an animal in her/his lap? An idiot, that’s who.

In Flannery O’Connor’s short story “A Good Man Is Hard To Find,” all the trouble is initiated by a cat named Pitty Sing, who’s been smuggled into a car by Grandma. Disaster ensues.

Listen to Flannery O’Connor, kids. No matter how much you love your pets, don’t let them ride in your lap while you’re in the car, no matter how adorable they are, no matter how adorable you think you look while doing so.

All kinds of non-adorable things can happen.


About Loren Williams
Gay, partnered, living in Providence, working at a local university. Loves: books, movies, TV. Comments and recriminations can be sent to

One Response to Adorably unsafe at any speed

  1. starproms says:

    Good advice Loren.

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