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drumroll_chip_dreams_4B5035 Article 2: Editorial “The Power of a Dinner Table” David Brooks The New York Times October 18, 2016 Kathy Fletcher and David Simpson have a son named Santi, who went to Washington, D.C., public 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 and 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: homelessness, 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 week and 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 the big social occasion of the week. Kids come from around the city. Spicy chicken and black rice are served.

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