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.”

*author teju cole used this phrase in a twitter exchange. heart-gladdening. so perfect a phrasing, i plan to borrow and reuse with abandon.
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