Over Chicken Teriyaki…

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Mall food courts offer a very raw look into the eyes of humanity.

With an atmosphere that thrives on distraction, superficiality, and side glances instead of genuine eye contact, all of our insecurities are glamorized here. If there is any place where insecurities are encouraged, it’s at the mall.

Over chicken teriyaki is where I study. Study movements, glances, body language, pursing lips, and nervous pleasantries.

I learned that beautiful 16 year olds shift nervously while handsome 16 year olds walk by, while beautiful 40 year olds shift nervously while beautiful 16 year olds walk by.

We are all nervous 16 year olds when our insecurities are illuminated.

I learned that Moms with kids sometimes forget that they are there when a small MAC bag is on a table in front of them like a small shrine… containing a single container of lipstick. The Woman in her smiles while the Mom wipes up spilt milk from the floor.

We all have more than one identity in life… and they all need to feel celebrated.

I learned that elderly couples rarely have anything to say to one another over dinner… but it is never asked if the wife needs help with her purse or bags. It’s implied. He’s got this.

Generations can change over time. Time doesn’t necessarily change generations.

Look up from your phone. Look away from the person sitting across from you. Don’t zone out. Look. REALLY LOOK at the bones, and nerves, and blood, and cells, and magic that is happening around you.

Mall food courts offer a very raw look into the eyes of humanity.

Yours Truly, Andrea

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