Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

The Lunch Room: 2 November 2016

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

The Lunch Room: 2 November 2016

Article excerpt

Dear Readers Hanging on Every Word, what I miss most (aside from

not being alive the last eight months) is sitting around the table

which'd accommodate ten chairs even though there are never that

many.

Each one proceeds to get his or her own midday meal

from the old Frigidaire where they're kept in Tupperware,

but we share drinks including rarely a glass of wine if the majority

agrees.

Ruth brings gourmet but non-originalist entrees prepared by

her particular husband-not infrequently communal serving spoons

are used to dole out generous portions to whomever's not on a diet.

Rarely is shop talked: business is taken care of back in the offices,

though once in a blue moon I'll rib TonyK, my religious almost

landsman

of the Irish instead of Italian persuasion, of being a wimpy cafeteria

Catholic.

Camaraderie gossiping about kosher frankfurters or Carlos Danger

or opera divas or what's going on around town during the good times

spills

over to our work collaboration where on the whole we are handshake

people.

Moments do arise when issues are so freighted all cordiality's lost:

colleagues who thought of me as a naughty courtly Falstaff find my

arrogance

overbearing, my dogma repugnant-that's just the way the cards are

dealt. …

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