Hungry for Connection

People in big cities are afraid to talk with strangers, but they are also hungry for connection.

You see it in a Starbucks if you dare to say anything friendly at all.  Anything.  To just about anyone who is sitting alone.

Suddenly you have a torrent of dialog coming at you, as though a dam has  burst.

It’s kinda funny and kinda sad at the same time.

This morning, there was a lady in one of the Starbucks easy chairs when I arrived.  Over an hour later, as she was packing up her newspaper and gathering her trash, I said with a smile, “Leaving so soon?”

She smiled, laughed, and then opened up.

It turned into a 45-minute conversation. I now know that the woman – Therese – is an RN with a private client, an architect, and that she lived seven years in Glendale but now lives in Los Feliz and hates shiatsu massages but loves Swedish massages, and knows a doctor who runs in 100-mile races, and…

All because of a three-word greeting.

She left with a smile that wasn’t there before.

And that’s cool.

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4 Responses to Hungry for Connection

  1. winter says:

    Cool post.

  2. I like that you chose to write about this, because it’s so down-to-earth and human and yet seems so mundane that people wouldn’t normally think to write or talk about it. I believe that, in general, our society seems to have lost “community” and there are a lot of lonely people out there. Great post, Ric!

    • MOGBlogger says:

      Thanks, Lorie. I agree; the common actions of community are missing in many places. Maybe it’s still there in small towns, but not so much in the city.

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