One day we welcomed “V”, an asylum seeker from South America to Casa Alterna.
This was our guest’s first full day of freedom in the United States; he had plenty of free time and wanted to see the area. I drove him around and he was most impressed with how verdant (and hilly) Atlanta is.
I told him I needed to pick up a donated futon for our future guests; V. gladly offered to assist me.
We got to the futon donor’s home and quickly realized my vehicle was too small for this grand gift. That is, until I had an idea that probably raised the eyebrows of any folks who saw it. Since we only had one mile to drive, we placed the futon on top of the car with the futon’s armrests sticking out each side.
I jokingly told our guest that it was customary in the States for an honored guest to sit atop a car, like royalty, and invited him to sit in the seat of honor. We laughed. Then I told him we now had wings on the car and that if I drove fast enough we could fly to his new home in the northeastern part of the US. We laughed again.
Thanks to our gracious donor, not only for the gift that will make our space more hospitable for our guests from distant lands, but for helping make one newcomer’s first day in America so positively memorable and fun.