In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Delayed Contact.”
How would you get along with your sibling(s), parent(s), or any other person you’ve known for a long time — if you only met them for the first time today?
My sister is one of my best friends. She is one of the people I’m closest to the most, by virtue of proximity if nothing else. That being said, if she wasn’t my sister that may have not been the case. While we have many similar personality traits, I believe our first encounter would not end with immediate friendship. I think I would find her intimidating, and she would find me a little too aggressive.
Imagine such a situation:
We are both invited to dinner with some mutual friends. We would greet each other politely, but I would be seated closer to my friends and further away from her. She would be having an intense economic discussion with one of her friends; a topic I have very little interest in. The topic will most probably take a socio-political turn, which would attract the remainder of the group’s attention. The discussion heats up, as such discussions usually do, putting the two of us at the center of the arena. While our opinions would probably not clash, our approaches certainly will. She is calm, and I become rather loud in discussions like these. Anyway, by the end of the night we probably won’t exchange phone numbers or Facebook information. However if the encounter is repeated several time, we would end up being friends, although I doubt it would be as close as we are now.
Great post, nicely written! Perhaps this teaches us that we could grow attached to more people than we think if only we tolerated and accepted them in a way similar to our close relations.
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