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  • Issue 44

Perfect Strangers

The deep meaning of casual acquaintances.
Words by Alex Anderson. Photograph by Salva López.

The barista cheerfully remembers your regular order and has it started before you’ve said hello. Warmed inwardly, cup in hand, you step onto the sidewalk, and a passerby—the older woman who walks her sweet terrier every morning—greets you with a familiar smile. These are not friends, exactly, but people you are pleased to run into because they confer a sense of belonging. They are a part of your community, and you are a part of theirs. New York Times columnist

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This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-Four

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