The announces come in during autumn. At first, the tone is a whisper. They’re trying to see if I’m someone they’re comfortable with. I look for a common interest: menu, cinema, music–anything that connects us as humen. After that, I let them lead.
I’ve been taking phone calls from strangers for a few months now. This practise started after I was digitally reproached on Twitter. I had written an op-ed in The New York Times worrying about our culture of shame. I empathized with a grey teenage growing up in a republican, Midwestern home. In my center, I know a duet things to be true. We’re all human beings that deserve the opportunity to change or develop. Speaking our truth is better than berating or silencing the voices that we don’t like. It’s health to disagree.