Soul Banquets/Of Widows and Meals

Thanks to the room’s dreadful acoustics, for a few hours each weekday the cafeteria at my daughters’ elementary school is one of the loudest places on earth. Last year some of the lunchroom supervisors tried to solve the problem by requiring all students to remain silent as they ate. Anyone speaking above the softest whisper was sent to the office and deprived of recess. Predictably, this hard-line policy failed, and to the delight of all the children and many of their parents it was soon abandoned.


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