April 7, 2010
"Consequential Strangers" That's the name of a book I just started reading, and it occurs to me that is how I format friendships. Arm's length, comfortably distant. That's why I could simply walk away from them when I moved or changed or reimagined my life. Consequential strangers are important adjuncts to our security - like the barista who knows how we like our coffee, or the guy who works at the hardware store and can advise you on almost any fix-it job. Pleasant, but not intimate. Not even last names, just whatever's on the nametag. I like it that way.