I ran into a friend I hadn’t seen since the funeral.  I expected to catch up a few minutes, to find out how she’s been.  And I expected something like a hug or a sincere, “Oh I’ve been thinking about you, how’ve you been?”  Instead she got too loud.  “HEY!!!  How’s your SUMMER?  So much FUN, right?!!??”

I couldn’t do it.  I smiled, agreed, and escaped.  I hate the awkwardness that clogs 90% of my interactions now.  I see it in people’s eyes.  No one knows what to say.

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