Familiar Faces

There’s something special about going to familiar places.

Before this quarantine, I went to the library and the gym nearly every day. I’d visit the library in the morning and the gym in the evening.

There were many familiar faces at these places. At first I didn’t know them. But eventually, as we became familiar, we’d give each other a slight nod, an acknowledgement of each other’s existence. A slight nod evolved into small talk, small talk evolved into conversations, conversations evolved into friendships.

I haven’t seen any of them since the quarantine started.

Simon Sarris’ piece on Familiarity and Belonging inspired this piece.

November 16, 2020

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