Pay attention. There’s that person sitting a few feet away from you and your circle of friends. She’s sitting alone, maybe because she wants to be alone, or maybe because she sees a barrier between herself and your happy, oblivious little group. You didn’t put up a barrier, of course you didn’t, you’re not unkind – but the barrier is still there for her. It appeared when you weren’t looking.
You think if she wants company, she’ll ask. She won’t. And neither did you. Do you remember that time when you were the one sitting alone, and someone smiled and asked if the chair next to you was free? They made that chair sound special. It was; it was next to you. How happy you are now! And yet you still assume she Continue reading