Have you ever been in this position?
I have a relatively new colleague who moved into the office next door to mine a year or so ago. He decided not to speak. Blatant. Sometimes when I or my students would be in the hall, he would do the double lock thing. You know, lock the door then double-check it just in case we were thinking about taking his stuff.
The following fall, he was all smiles. No transition just I feel like speaking.
Same thing with a long time colleague who turned hostile then all off a sudden wanted to discuss Obama.
Now I learned as a young black woman not to play that friend for a minute s&*%. We were taught to prize consistency. If you don’t speak in front of certain friends, don’t try to be my buddy on the low.
If you wanted to make a 180, you had to (wo)man up and ‘splain yourself — a process I would now call restoration. Because without restoration, I’m inclined to look at folks like these like they’ve lost their !”(*Y*%$ minds.
How do you handle these sudden shifts?