Hey! Who’s there?!
You head to open the door and there is nobody at the doorstep.
Hey! Who’s there?!
Again, you head to open the door and there is nobody at the doorstep. With a quizzical look, you dart your eyes all over the place to spot the person playing a prank but there is no one in sight.
“Could it be someone plottting to steal my unga (packet of maize flour)?” You ask yourself.
So you lock the door threefold and retire to bed, not to sleep, but to stare at the ceiling retrospectively. In the deep silence you suddenly realize that nobody is knocking at your door anymore. It bothers you as if you desire for someone to knock. The silence is so disturbing that you are tempted to pick up your phone and call someone you have not spoken with for a while. You quickly sweep that thought under the carpet because you are a tough soldier and tough soldiers don’t have conversations with no agendas. So you sink back into the silence.
What seems to be hours later, you have gotten familiar to the silence. You break a smile when it hits you that Silence was the stranger knocking at your door with no need for introduction. Silence was the stranger seeking to be a friend in need, and right there with you is Silence.
Your phone rings and shocks you how far you had zoned out.. “I need to change that ringtone, it could be the reason I rarely receive important calls,” you tell yourself as you rush for your phone metres away.
When you pick up your phone, you see an unknown number. It scares you so much. “If that was Silence knocking at my door, this is certainly Silence calling me,” you think to yourself. It scares you that you are about to speak with Silence for the first time. So you compose yourself. “Wait, how do I say ‘hello without saying ‘hello’?” You ask yourself. You hesitantly swipe the answer button and…
Caller: Hello from the other side
You: Hello, how may I assist you?
At the back of your mind a hundred and one questions are bombarding you:
• Why does Silence sound like Adele?
• Why does Silence talk like Adele?
• Is Silence my ex?
Caller: I am calling from XYZ company to gladly inform you that…
That is the story of your life. Silence is a stranger who becomes a friend only to shortly break up with you when you say something. Make sure that that something is meaningful so that it is worth making up with Silence after the break up.
Silence can be beautiful; don’t break it unless you can improve it.