A dark empty room brightened with each piece of furniture placed. “How is it possible to be sad in this country?” asks Rijo. Heavy, solid wood chairs were placed one by one until four were tucked under the newly placed table. Rijo ran his hand across its smooth surface.
He closed his eyes and allowed himself to imagine, and to dream, about the reasons and seasons and milestones that would bring his family together around this table. Opening his eyes, Rijo smiled and delightfully shared, “We now have a gathering place. A sharing place. This is where our new life begins. This table is a symbol of my family’s chance for a happy life.”