Tales from the Road: Dinner at the Denver Salvation Army

© copyright  2012   by  Sara Jacobelli    (Flash Nonfiction)

"'A man may be down but he's never out!' ...

First we have to listen to the sermon, “You do not roll your brother as he comes stumbling drunk out of the alley.” Then we swarm to the food line. We are usually the only teenagers, and I’m one of a handful of females, Carlos teases me because the drunks and the bums love to tell me their stories. No one else listens to them. Everyone laughs when I say, “Who puts apples in the soup?” and “This powdered milk is yucky.” Once I saw a family, mom and dad and a few kids, eating dinner together, dignified and serious, and I felt unexpectedly grateful for the kitchen table dinners of my childhood and the memories of four rooms on East Main Street.

Photo Credit: “A man may be down but he’s never out,” by Wikipedia.  Public Domain Photo.

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4 responses to “Tales from the Road: Dinner at the Denver Salvation Army

  1. Pingback: Tales from the Road: Dinner at the Salvation Army | Capitare a Fagiolo

  2. Would like to hear more. Seems like ‘real life expereince.

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