“Take as much time as you need,” I hear the manager say to my friend at work when I come into the stockroom.
“It’s just been so crazy lately,” she says, exhaustion in her voice.
Later, when I see her walking through the halls, both of us carrying stacks of shoe boxes, I give her a smile and we bump shoulders (since both of our hands are full) in our customary greeting.
She still looks a little sad, though, so I stop and give her another gentle shoulder bump, saying, “That one’s for free."
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