A Simple Hello
Amidst all the chaos last week, one small moment has stuck with me. As I sprint-walked to Starbucks Wednesday morning, my mind was running around in circles. The mornings are a time when my mind races before it’s settled down by a strong, Grande-sized chill pill in the form of a coffee. The stress must have shown on my face.
As a woman living in the city I’m innately wary of any man that approaches me on the street. My first reaction is to ignore it and keep walking with my head down. So when a man said hi to me on Wednesday morning I did just that. But after the initial, “hello,” the man kept walking beside me. So I turned and looked at him and said, “hello.” He had these dark brown freckles all over his face and wore a red beanie. Under the hat was a mess of chocolate colored hair and his eyes were hazel-honey colored.
He stayed put, keeping pace with my lanky legs. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to shake him because I said hello. Again, that’s just what goes through my pessimistic, city mind — the worst possible scenario. So I was pleasantly surprised when he said, “I’m so sorry Miss, I didn’t mean to startle you. You just looked unhappy so I wanted to say hello. There’s so much hate and sadness in the world right now, I just think we should all say hello to each other every now and then. You know, show someone cares.” I responded, “You’re right-I’m sorry. You’re absolutely right.” And he nodded in recognition, and walked away.
I can’t shake it- this random person telling me about the state of our world and how we should all be nicer to each other. It broke my heart a little bit. Life’s a fragile and messy thing and god damn it people, be kind to one another.
Posted by Allie.