an utterance — overheard, put on the record, taken to heart, life changing
stopping at the rest room on the 3rd floor instead of the 4th or 2nd — the face of kindness, joyful, heart-gladdening* spirit
being assigned to a dissertation committee — from fallow fields are born fertile foundations of friendship and nothing-fictive-about-it kinship
a chance stroll past an open office door — the warm embrace of a kindred spirit
clicking on instead of deleting a generic email invitation — a butterfly flaps its wings, nothing is ever the same
a whisper, a classroom transgression — a conversation, partnership, seeds that continue to flower long after they were sown.
or, as former first lady eleanor roosevelt is rumored to have noted:
“Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.”