A quiet Conversation In a Public Space | Food For Thought

So, i walked to de shop one day.

2 men were talking discreetly on the front step. As i approached, their voices lowered. At first, they looked over at me a bit suspiciously as if deciding if to cut the conversation short or not. i said, “mornin” or “afternoon” (don’t remember which one) – they replied the same then kept on talking, seemingly more relaxed now.

As i called and waited for my order, their voices drifted around the outdoor container shop. The hot topic they were talking about was the fact that they remember a time, not so long ago, when men and women knew they had different things each was/is naturally good at and they didn’t understand how and why things are changing so drastically, clearly influenced by outside forces.

i thought to myself – how odd (yet understandable) it was that 2 grown men felt compelled to talk in whispers about what was a given, just 2 blinks ago.

It’s one thing to want to be appreciated and respected, and another to want to be scary and cause grown folks to be fearful of speaking their mind.

P.S: Again, if you see me a fumbling with a shopping basket or want to hold a door open for mi, feel free. i won’t be offended. This topic isn’t up for debate (at least not on my side) – not here to fit in.

Shared with love.

P.P.S: Strong (gentle) men, who aren’t swayed by the way of the world or intimidated by the trends of today – we need you. Don’t ‘small down’ yourself just because the world is on a rampage trying to belittle your value.

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