The word stranger is never limited to only one definition. For example, stranger is a person we have yet to meet; stranger is an emotion unknown to us; stranger describes something compared to a less foreign something else; stranger is a person we have known; stranger is an emotion we have felt, but who has left and in its wake is a deafening unfamiliarity.
Stranger is the cashier who you pass by every week, who hears unconscious thank-you’s and who returns each automatic smile with one of her own, day in and day out. Stranger is the person on their cellphone scurrying past you on the sidewalk. Stranger is the person who lets you in to traffic. Stranger is the person causing the traffic.
Stranger is daily responsibility after a month’s vacation, quiet after the birth of children, extra money during college, love in war, and hunger after a lunch at grandma’s.
Stranger is that person you used to know, used to have memorized, and is now changed and only a silhouette of a memory. Stranger is that feeling of security and carefreeness that belongs to our early years.
Stranger is the recognition of the fact that tomorrow we’ll look back and realize that today is one of those early years in which we had less responsibilities and cares. Stranger is the thought that tomorrow we’ll look back and realize we really didn’t need to worry so much.
Stranger is cold hard reality. Fiction and the supernatural are easy to accommodate. Oftentimes reality is stranger, more complicated, and harder to accept.
Stranger is all these things and more. What’s Stranger to you?
This post was based on Word Nerd’s GBE 2 prompt for this week. Check it out.