Earlier today I saw just about the cutest scene ever.
A class of kindergarten students were lined up along the busiest street in our town. About half of them were on one side of the road and the other half on the opposite. Each of them was wearing the triangular-shaped reflectors that children in Switzerland frequently wear around their shoulders as they walk to and from school.
A police officer stood next to the street. It became apparent that today was the day for kindergarteners to learn how to cross the street.
One child at a time approached the intersection and stood on the curb. All of the children began to chant "Stop! Stop! Stop!" as the cars approached the crosswalk.
As soon as the car was stopped, the police officer would motion to the child. The other children would cheer on their classmate as he or she carefully walked across the street with a great, big grin.
Then it was the next child's turn to cross and the entire screen repeated itself.
I've gotten better about carrying my camera, but I was just headed down for errands. How was I to know?
By the way, the Swiss are very good at stopping for pedestrians waiting at crosswalks. I have only once seen a car fail to stop. As I jumped out of its way, I turned to watch it go. And noticed it had a French license plate. Yep, the driver wasn't Swiss!
Although I suspect that even that driver would have stopped, given the two or three police officers standing by...