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What Happened?

by Casey White
September 5, 2002

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What Happened?_Casey White- A young schoolboy stands at the corner, waiting for the familiar school bus to stop and take him to his elementary school. It's Fall - a new school year. His face says he's happy to be back in school after a long, hot summer break. This is a middle to upper-middle class neighborhood, and the school system, well-respected, sends most of its graduates off to college.

A half-mile down the road, at the railroad crossing, a 35 year old man, with scraggly hair and worn clothes, emerges from the tracks and onto the road's shoulder. He is carrying an old sleeping bag on his back, kept in place by a piece of twine across his chest. His eyes are expressionless. His face is dirty and haggard. His gait is slow-paced.

These were two snapshots taken mentally from my car window on the way to work recently, and I found myself wondering about this fellow, this modern-day "hobo," this homeless man. I wondered if a quarter century ago he was not just as cheery and hope-filled as the school boy at the bus stop?

And I had to ask myself - What happened?

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