published in The New Yorker
An older man grapples with leaving his life behind and moving into a retirement home. His youthful energy is restored when a group of kids from the neighborhood come to visit him. He tells them stories about his past and dishes out cookies to them. He's upset when they don't show up for a couple days, realizing his loneliness. When they show back up, something is wrong, however, and he directs his energy towards helping them out.
217 days ago