The Awkward Acquaintance Hug

I saw an old old coworker on the bus today. It had been a few years since I had last seen her and we gave each other the obligatory awkward acquaintance hug. The awkward acquaintance hug is that hug you have when you see somebody that you used to be close with but haven’t seen in a long time. It’s uncomfortable. It makes you feel uncomfortable. It makes them feel uncomfortable. It makes everyone unfortunate enough to witness it feel uncomfortable. You fumble your way into an embrace that you hold for slightly too long. You ask about how they are doing. You give each other updates and mention anything newsworthy. Then you wish them good luck and find an excuse to leave. A few days later you mention that you saw so-and-so on the bus and you have a new story to share in the break room.
Critically Rated at 8/17
Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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