That’s personal

For some of the most personal things that people learn about others, it wouldn’t matter if they were broadcast on national television, they are so mundane. What makes them personal is that someone was close enough for long enough and cared enough to notice. She always puts on her left sock first, or he just can’t eat the last piece of vegetable before the last piece of meat. They are not hidden or something you only do when you’re alone, just small personal things. Sometimes we don’t even know we do them and it can be disconcerting when they are pointed out. He remembers the wrists of people he meets and she doesn’t like saying goodbye.

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