A very old man sitting beside a very old woman, speaking to her quietly, reminding her again and again, with almost perfect patience, how to sign her name.
A father on a pouffe in the play area, his sick little girl half asleep on his chest. As he glances up, a universe of love and worry are in his tired eyes.
Another father reading from his tablet as a teenaged girl sits texting beside him : old enough to be at the doctor by herself, but he is there, and everything about his solid, business-like posture says, of course I'm here.
A young couple kissing their little boy.
Sisters exchanging a look as their mother breathes, just breathes.
A father smiling soft, wordless encouragement at his bleary-eyed son.
A mother holding out her hand - the one not wrapped in bandages - to lead her Downs Syndrome daughter along.
Of course, it always comes down to the important things when you're sitting in the emergency clinic. The trick is to remember what's important when you're everywhere else too.