The Elongated and Awkward ‘Hey’

“When “hey” s are no longer warm and sweet, but yet elongated and awkward, it’s time to let that shit go.”- Me

Urged by my homie to put feelings aside and ask for a much needed favor, I decided to give her a call. After six rings, the conversation went like this.

“Hey, how are you?”

“Heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy” (insert awkward pause)

Being the straight to the point person that I am, I wasted no time “getting right to it” as one of my favorite writing professors used ¬†as a fiction writing mantra.

“I need a huge favor. I’m about to apply for what would be my “dream” job. Can you hook up my resume?”

“Yea, sure.”

After a conversation about how she’s not in my field, but she’ll do it, we swiftly got off of the phone. The conversation was strictly business because she stuck to the script and made sure to not leave any room to discuss emotions. Afterward, I laid in bed continuing to watch one of our favorite movies, reminiscing about the inside jokes we had using quotes from the main characters. I thought about how much I hate having to explain my movie quote outbursts in related conversations because that’s something that we shared. Only we could make each other mad and then tease each other quoting, Larenz Tate, Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur and Nia Long. Moments later, we’d burst into laughter and smile, thinking about how silly it was to remain angry.

And here I am thinking about how silly I am to even think that one day we’d connect again.