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The Way I Am

I went to the hospital with my cousin Susan to visit my sick Aunt Mary. On the bus ride coming back, I was talking to Susan. I said, “I’ve told myself…”

She interrupted me. “You talk to yourself?” she asked.

“No! It’s just an expression!” I declared.

“Then why the hell did you say you were talking to yourself? Why can’t you just say you were thinking?”

I yelled, “You know what I meant, why should I say what I was thinking if you already knew what I meant?” All of the people on the bus looked back at me.

“Because you sound like a crazy person saying you talk to yourself.”

It went on like this for about twenty minutes, back and forth, until she finally exclaimed, “I’m not talking to you anymore.”

She didn’t talk to me for two weeks after that. But that’s how things were back then and that’s why I am the way I am now.

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