Proof

The picture and his sad story often bought a meal and lodging. Occasionally, it bought a night of pleasure. He kept “Glenn” with his other treasures: discharge papers from the war, a certificate of marriage. They were the proof of his family; Glenn, born while he fought in the Ardennes, and sweet Jennie who died of influenza shortly after he arrived home. Nevermind that his treasures were found in the homes he visited where the real Glenn and Jennie and the man whose discharge papers he carried dwelt. They were his life now and worth a meal, a bed and companionship.