Article 2: Editorial
“The Power of a Dinner Table”
The New York Times
October 18, 2016
Kathy Fletcher and David Simpson have a son named Santi, who went to Washington,
schools. Santi had a friend who sometimes went to school hungry. So Santi
invited him to occasionally
eat and sleep at his house.
Tat friend had a friend and that friend had a friend, and now when you go to dinner at Kathy
David’s house on Tursday night there might be 15 to 20 teenagers crammed around
the table, and later
there will be groups of them crashing in the basement or in the few
small bedrooms upstairs.
Te kids who show up at Kathy and David’s have endured the ordeals of modern poverty:
hunger, abuse, sexual assault. Almost all have seen death frsthand—to a
sibling, friend or parent.
It’s anomalous for them to have a bed at home. One 21-year-old woman came to dinner last
said this was the frst time she’d been around a family table since she was 11.
And yet by some miracle, hostile soil has produced charismatic fowers. Tursday dinner is
social occasion of the week. Kids come from around the city. Spicy chicken and
black rice are served.