I was thinking today about making eye contact. I was thinking about how often I avoid the eyes of people while talking to them. When I first moved to Chicago from Cincinnati I’d walk down the street just looking at all the people I encountered, smiling, saying “Hello.” After a time I got out of that habit. Everyone else was walking with their head down, staring at the each footstep they took or perhaps looking far ahead, looking beyond, not present in the moment at all.This feels like a loss to me. So today I thought I’d reclaim that. Today as I took my change back from the Starbucks guy I looked him in the eye and said, “Thank you” and he smiled. Then as the barrista handed me my drink I looked her in the eye and said, “Thank you” and she smiled. It took an extra millisecond to produce that smile. It was rather gratifying I must say. I’m going to give you non literary homework this week…and that is to make eye contact…with your children, your spouse, your barrista, your gas station attendant…anyone you come across in your daily life. See how that feels this week.