“How are you?” For this seemingly innocuous question, there is an expected answer. Anything else is met with incredulity, followed by stunned silence, followed by avoidance. There may be a few perfunctory phrases in between, but the end result is almost always avoidance.
This is why we are so often shocked when a “happy” or “funny” person like Robin Williams exits this charade so tragically.
“I’m fine!” You had better be ready with this answer, because anything else is unacceptable in polite society. I say this almost in jest, although truly it is not funny. Continue reading ““I’m fine””