Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve heard lots of people say it’s the little things that are helping them through: so this week’s episode is dedicated to people who are finding comfort in the kitchen. 

We start with a story from Private First Class Roman Coley Davis, who was born in Douglas, Georgia, and joined the military shortly after high school. By the time he was 20 years old, he found himself stationed in one of the most remote US outposts in Afghanistan.  

At StoryCorps, Roman tells his friend Dan Marek about the one thing that helped him feel closer to home during his deployment.

Next, a story from two sisters, Estela and Candi Reyes, who were raised by their father, Juan Reyes, in El Paso, Texas. Juan had grown up in a small town in Mexico and moved to the U.S. in the 1940s. 

During Juan’s later years, he struggled with diabetes, and as that struggle intensified, Estela and Candi took care of him. At StoryCorps, they sat down to remember his final days.

Our next story comes from New York City. That’s where Len Berk spent nearly 4 decades working as an accountant. But as he told his friend Joshua Gubitz at StoryCorps, he eventually developed an appetite for something else.

Our final story comes from Chloe Longfellow, who was just three years old when her father died. That’s when she and her mom moved to Arizona to be near family, and Chloe grew especially close to her grandmother, Doris. At StoryCorps, she sat down to remember her.

Top photo: Candi and Estela Reyes at their StoryCorps interview in El Paso, Texas. By Anaid Reyes for StoryCorps. 
Second Photo: Roman Coley Davis and his meemaw, Laverne Tanner, in her South Georgia kitchen. Courtesy of Roman Coley Davis
Third Photo: Juan Reyes in the early 1970s. Courtesy of the Reyes family.
Fourth Photo: Joshua Gubitz and Len Berk at their StoryCorps interview in New York, New York. By John White for StoryCorps.
Bottom photo: Chloe Longfellow at her StoryCorps interview in Seattle, Washington. By Vanessa Gonzalez-Block for StoryCorps.

Released on June 30, 2020.