I see what you’re saying

gestureOn the way to work the other day, I saw a couple conversing.  They had had a fight.  They were sorry they hadn’t resolved it before having to part ways for the day.  But they still loved each other and would text later.  They stood a good 10 meters apart and I didn’t hear a word of it because there wasn’t a word to hear.  Everything was conveyed through the body, especially the hands.  All in all, it was a lovely conversation to witness.  Which put me in mind of books and writing, and how, as much as I love both, they’re not very good at capturing the nuances of body language.  People are forever nodding, gesturing, throwing up their hands in frustration, but just try writing a body that says “I’m sorry” or “I love you” without invoking either of those words.  In some cases, motions speak louder.

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