Livers and Gizzards
The emotional dynamics on display at hospital cafeterias can be overwhelming.
Celebrations of the births of healthy babies aside, it’s unlikely people are there for good news. Meanwhile, the hospital’s staff congregates at the cafeteria for its meals. The contrast between the aggrieved and fearful public and the staff’s jovial workday meals is pointed.
I try to maintain my composure in this grim environment by watching young doctors fussily prepare salads while most orderlies, nurse’s aides and citizens stand in a nearby line for cheeseburgers and onion rings.