The neighbors downstairs invited me to share their Christmas feast with them and a few other people.
Ten of us gathered around the table to share pork tenderloin (except the vegetarians among us), mashed potatoes, and a variety of savory vegetables, topped off with cheese cake and coffee.
But more important than the menu was the simple fact of being together on Diá de Navidad. We shared many stories around the table—and laughter, abundant laughter.
We rounded off the evening by playing the word game Taboo, introduced to us by one of three ESL teachers at the feast.
At the end of five hours together, it was hard to say goodbye, but one by one we melted into the night, filled not only with food, but also with the peace and joy that come from being among friends—even if you have just met those friends for the very first time on Christmas Day.
on a wintry night
a castoff baby howling
from the dumpster’s depths
Text and photo © 2016 by Mark M. Redfearn, all rights reserved