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.