“Good morning! How are you?”
“I’m fine! How are you?” replies your best smiley telephone voice, while you pretend not to feel like death warmed up as you drag your sorry backside to the nearest thing to sit/lean/lie on.
Go on, you’ve done it, haven’t you? We all have.
There are lots of reasons. The person on the other end of the line may simply be being polite… they don’t need or want an answer… or not an honest one. They neither know nor care how, or perhaps even who, you are. It is just a conversational gambit. Those who do know you, and are likely to know when things are not quite right, may follow up with a further question, to which you may possibly give a slightly more honest answer. Those who really care will probably not stop there, but will ask until you tell them something that…
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