We are supposed to order take-out from our favorite restaurants
to keep them in business

But now some of the only comforts
are cooking at home and saving money

Plus, it feels like putting a band-aid on a hemorrhage —
all the restaurants with no one inside

On Sunday my family picks up a $56 lunch from Bandit Taco
“Were they happy?” I ask my son when they come back
with a paper bag of beef bowls, pork burritos, and soft-corn tacos

“The guy was smiling the whole time,”
he said, “and someone came in after us
and got an order for $74.”

My fish tacos
with shredded purple cabbage
and slivers of lime radish
tasted better than they ever have