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  • Norma had rheumatism, arthritis and two playful poodles.

    Original from El Salvador, Norma had spent thirty-three years in America working as a cleaning lady :

    - The honor is something that can't be bought in a supermarket. In this country, if you are honest and work hard, you come forward. Yes , America gives you a lot, but America sucks too much, too.

    Retired, Norma was complaining about the color of her nails: last night she gave herself manicure, thinking that the current mauve lack was actually a pink one.

    At Glide, the radically inclusive community at San Francisco's Tenderloin, lot of people gathered to celebrate Thanksgiving.The glassware had been replaced by plastic glasses and, instead of candles, the room was plenty of sounds. Turkey there was for everyone.

    Israel , the safety officer , explained to me the three unwritten rules from Glide: Don't ask for the name, Don't ask for the identity, don't refuse anyone the entrance here.


    -Glide is for everyone, did he say.

    Including the pair of playful poodles who accompanied us under the table.

    Three years ago, just on this day, Norma lost her mother. His eyes sparkled when she talked about her memory , so we went back to the manicure. And to speak about her country of origin :

    - Did you think about returning to El Salvador ?

    - My home is here, I don't need anything . I do also believe in God, so I know, God cares for me. Do you know ? People like me here. When I go out at night to have a walk with my poodles, all greet me "Hello Ma'am , how are you ?

    I wondered if people like Norma would say thank you on Thanksgiving.

    - I say thanks for lunch today. Tomorrow, we'll see.
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