My Friend Reprimanded Me for Asking, “How Are You?”

Every time I answered, “I’m fine” I was lying

was around 9:00 pm when I called her as usual. As it was our custom, we would start cracking jokes and laughing from the onset. This call was not an exception.

After about two minutes of constant laughing and joking, I asked, “so how are you today?” she hesitated for a…