Communicating in Code

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The night before my mother’s PET Scan I watched my parents bicker.

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Their spoken words were about an old family friend’s dog. Their tones, harsh.

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But after 50 years of observation, I’ve cracked their code. Their impatience and annoyance are a mask. What they are really feeling is fear.

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I roll my eyes at the absurdity of their conversation.

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And then I think, how many times have I done this? How many times have I fallen into anger when I mean something entirely different?

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