Well she strikes again. The same coworker/friend that gave me a swift kick managed to do what no one else has been able to do for awhile.
We pass each other several times through out the day since her department is just down the hall from mine. We always wave, say hi, and if we have time we stop and chit chat. Well, one day last week she stopped me just as I was going in the door of my department. Usual pleasantries were exchanged, then she is her blunt self. "Are you okay? I mean are you really okay?" and she gave me this look like come on, I know so you better not lie to me. Damn her. She brought tears. She saw through my mask and knew that I am just pretending to be strong and happy. How did she know!?