Millenial Life: The Wonder in Brief Moments of Caring
She grimaced and continued. "I'm on a whole bunch of medicines right now, but they're not helping."
We both moved to the door. She said, "I'm even on an anti-nausea medicine, but I don't think it's helping." She rubbed her stomach.
"Irony isn't fun," I murmured as I held the door open. I turned to the left, and she turned to the right. "Take care," I said.
She called out, "Hey." I turned back.
"Thanks for the concern," she said.
I was taken aback and said, "Of course."
I couldn't help but ask about her suffering. She didn't expect anyone to ask. Back then, I wondered why even just a check-in with a stranger didn't seem commonplace. As we move through the distance we encounter in our divided nation, I wonder whether this distance hasn't already been established in our reality for many years. Perhaps we've taken the idea that we care about each other for granted.
Cassie McClure is a writer, wife/mama/daughter, fan of the Oxford comma, and drinker of tequila. Some of those things relate. She is also a National Society of Newspaper Columnists ambassador and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more about Cassie McClure and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.Copyright 2021 Creators Syndicate Inc.