11 Oct SNAPSHOT | Saying Hello
I was walking down the street just a bit ago in route to my office when I walked by a couple dudes.
One of them looked up at me and said, “how’s it going?” in a kind of deep, tough guy sort of way.
I thought I would return the favour as I have been feeling particularly nice these days.
I said, “hello.”
But to my surprise, what came out of my mouth was not my voice.
Instead, it was that of a 12 year old girl. Or it was like I was attempting to sing to him.
He seemed to be acknowledging me in an assertive way, in a claiming the sidewalk kind of way, and this made sense to me because I have this huge beard and probably look like someone you should be assertive with.
So it must have also been to his surprise when my “hello” sounded like a song.
Feeling emasculated, I cleared my throat and continued for the next block practicing out loud my best tough-guy-claiming-the-sidewalk “hello”.
I can still hear the voice that came from my mouth which wasn’t mine — it continues to echo into the valley.