This guy was sitting in the hospital parking lot, alone for quite a long time, with nothing but his cane and a grocery bag full of personal belongings. I don't know if he was a recent patient, or a visitor, but he looked sad. Not acutely sad, but that chronic ingrained sad. Not as if he'd lost someone today, but perhaps as if he'd lost himself somewhere along the way. I can't swear to it, but he seemed homeless, like he had nowhere to go, nowhere that he really belonged.
When I saw him, sitting on the curb, sort of blending in with the shrubbery, beside a government car which says, even though you can't see it clearly,
"People, Pride, Progress, Partnerships
Mecklenburg County Government"
well, I couldn't resist the picture.