When people talk and you don’t hear ideas, or sentences, or even syllables, you just hear sounds as they evanesce into air—a conversation in a movie foreshadowing a plot point that takes you by surprise every time you watch it; your children asking you if you’re hard of hearing, to which you always reply “What?”; the new chair of your department saying, with a hint of sympathy, that she told you about next week’s meeting last month; and you know if you just read the words—closed captioning, a scribbled note, an office memo—you’ll remember it when you’re 70. But it won’t matter when you’re 70, just like it doesn’t matter the minute someone realizes yet again that either you are hard of hearing or you weren’t paying attention, and they’ll look at you like you are in fact 70, and you’ll feel some circular satisfaction at how it all worked out. At least that’s how you’ll try to explain it.

What are the Sneaky Feels?

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AuthorJohn Proctor