They get the breakfast special. Pancakes with link sausage for $4.50. They hold off on the coffee until they get home where they make their own–this adds up to a considerable saving if they eat breakfast out a lot, which they do, just to get out of the house.

The rest of the day is a grab bag of medications and television shows where audiences squeal when overweight contestants win expensive automobiles and trips to exotic places where suicide bombers cruise the streets in Volkswagen vans.

Sometimes they have pets–cats and small dogs. A few, almost always women, have birds in cages. Then there’s bingo on Wednesday afternoons at the Senior Center, and once a month on Sunday(less frequently as time goes by) a short visit from the successful son and his flourishing family.

There are memories, too, and in the long run it’s the memories that take them out.

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