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Me: "May I take your picture?"

Him: "If you must."

I am not sure if there is full agreement here, so I hesitate.

But then he looks directly at me and smiles. I take this as permission granted.

I press the shutter, praying silently.

I extend my hand. “I’m Donna. Thank you for letting me take your picture.”

“I’m Gary,” he says, and shakes my hand. Warmth replaces weariness.

 Gary | Caroline Street | Fredericksburg, Virginia | June 2018

Gary | Caroline Street | Fredericksburg, Virginia | June 2018