We didn't have cell phones when I was in my early teens. If I wanted to call up a friend I had to call their house phone, which inevitably involved first talking to their parents. Not keen on battling through the linguistic minefield of my name, I came up with an alternative opening. "Hi, it's me."
Instantly they knew me. My stutter and the timber of my voice made the introduction for me. "Hi, you" became their standard reply. What started off as a classic word avoidance became something I cherished. I liked being remembered. I took some sense of pride from the fact that the people I loved cou...
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