Getting ready to roast myself in 95*+ weather for a loved one’s birthday. As I am getting stuff sorted to go, I realize in our story that neither of our protagonists had an extended family or a great many loved ones with whom to celebrate.
Our family is such that if we brought an extra person with us, they’d be welcomed and fed and nothing would be thought of about it.
If you are headed out for some fun, think about inviting someone you know has few others to spend time with, and you might be the one who makes a difference. You might be the one that made someone feel life can be good. Maybe, it wouldn’t be so hard for them to reach out for help, if they had been included instead of ignored.
Just a thought for a hot, hot day.