I heard it again this afternoon: "Have a good day. Be safe!"
I was seeing unusual things, so I recognized that I was hearing something that's increasingly familiar.
Instead of "goodbye," "take care of yourself," or other expressions, I'm parting from more and more people -- or hearing others part -- with something between a wish and a prayer: "Be safe."
Is that simply because I live in Chicago, home of an embarrassing murder rate of more than one per day, usually with guns?
Is it because I am a single lady?
Have we become so frightened that safety is the best we can wish for one another?
Or is that something we can build on, Chicago?
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