On my way in to work today I saw a small hat on the sidewalk.
It was a small women's hat and was grey, probably made of wool. It appeared to be handmade, with a small silver heart pin on one side.
I did not pick it up, thinking it was- well maybe dirty, or might have been left behind and I suppose I thought if someone was looking for it, it was more likely it would be found right there, where it had fallen.
I was struck by how unique it was, and how sad the person who lost it might be, having misplaced it.
Walking home I saw it again, perched on a parking meter. It was salvaged by someone else. Someone who wanted to preserve it for either the rightful owner or thankfully, for the rest of us.