“I’ll be so sad if this place closes in a year,” said customer. One day at a time, said attendant. We’ll all be dead before this place closes, said customer. Attendant: Ah, well.

And then there are days when you feel you have done some demonstrable good in the world. That person’s thinking has been advanced by talking to you, that person’s mood has improved by talking to you, those letters you helped with and sent to the government were effective: that person is getting their benefits now.

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