Most people in this country believe, superstitiously, that how they greet the New Year will indicate what sort of year they will have. So they are certain to clean their house well on New Year's Eve and to have plenty of food on the table for their first meal. They also give gifts to one another. Many stay up until dawn, laughing and talking together as a family. And so our team felt a burden for those who are lying in the hospital on this holiday.
While I was still far away, a lady came quickly towards me saying, "I came to tell you, there is a wake at your house, and they haven't yet buried the body, so don't bring your veggies home." I stared blankly. She repeated her message, adding, "Your veggies will go bad!" While I digested this information she saw my look and asked, "You don't believe they will go bad, do you?"