Please welcome the brilliant Stephanie Bennett-Henry back to The Lithium Chronicles.
The Trick Question
The dreaded question you will hear throughout your life is well intended,
but the meaning changes over time,
and sometimes that changes what the answer would have been.
“Are you okay?”
Answer it now, like an honesty bomb just blew from your mouth, as if you
have never been coached to answer in anyway other than with a heart filled with
“Are you okay?” asked by the parent whose breath is laced with genuine concern for
your young child self, when answering is easy. After all, it’s just a question, and
you’ve yet to learn the answer can be a backfire
that burns a hole across your innocence.
“Are you okay” is attached to an annoying thread, dangling through your teenage
years, when you start to see a caption above the question where difficult eyes
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