These little roadside memorials to victims of traffic accidents are usually transitory. The flags and flowers and other items blow away or are carried off by animals; what doesn’t disappear gets weatherbeaten, and eventually road-cleaning crews remove the remains. This one—which is on my drive home—is different. Since I first noticed it a couple of years ago, it has become more elaborate, and when I got out of my car to look at it yesterday, I could see that it is tended regularly. The silk flowers are fresh, two little ceramic dogs nestle among the flowers, and at either end is a small solar-powered lantern. I find it heartening that these things are not stolen.