• Mathura Hawley

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Updated: Aug 2, 2021


Every single one of them said “Good morning” back to me, often in a voice that did not match with my idea of them."

Today on my early walk with Luke I said “Good morning” to each person we passed. A woman leashed to her collie on the corner looked up from her phone and smiled. The expression of the young Hispanic construction worker, standing alone on Sixth Avenue, his white hardhat hanging down over his chest, changed from sullen to bright eyed as he returned the greeting. The elderly Chinese woman collecting cans. Three deli workers waiting for the delivery dock door to open. The sleepy, tall guy I pass each morning walking his black lab. The man who sweeps outside the wine shop who always looks mad at the world. Every single one of them said “Good morning” back to me, often in a voice that did not match with my idea of them. I turned the corner on 17′th Street, opened our front gate and unhooked Luke’s collar. “See you all tomorrow,” I thought, and caught the reflection of my own eyes in our front window.


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