I caught the droplet of spittle, out of the corner of my eye, but failed to recognize it's significance until it lighted upon my lower lip.
The one whom was the source of this droplet, belied knowledge of the trajectory of his accidental excretion by a
subtle falter mid-sentence.
He kept talking,
however. Acting as he hadn't noticed.
I, having already failed to take an immediate reaction, must decide to either wipe the droplet from my lower lip; thereby acknowledging that I was cognizant of the occurrence and have been hitherto content with the spittle resting on my lower lip... Or I can continue to listen intently, feigning ignorance of the offending droplet, and attempt to covertly wipe my lip.
If I choose the former, then either we both will own up to having knowledge of the spittle, or both continue to ignore the incident. This route will, of course, relieve the anxiety of both parties as we no longer have to maintain conversation whilst not focusing on the spittle.
The latter, however, becomes a cacophony of suspicion as I ask myself:
"Did they really not notice?", "If they did notice, do they know that I noticed?", "If they know that I noticed, then do they suspect that I think they did or did not notice?"
They will, most likely be thinking the same thing... All while trying to ignore the fact that there is friggin spit on my/their lip.
This is a dimension of human interaction that simply cannot be experienced, when conversating by way of cellular phone...
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