One spring day after high-school finals, my friend Mandy and I drive to the Olive Garden for lunch to celebrate. As we stroll into the practically vacant restaurant and take our seats, I notice a somewhat elderly man sitting alone in the corner booth. He reads a newspaper and hasn’t yet received his food. I think to myself, “No one should eat alone.” I walk right up to his table (without consulting Mandy) and politely ask him if he would like to join us.
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