It’s only a word. One word, and often it is the first you speak to someone, anyone, even a stranger. It is a useful word, for it can be a welcoming word, or one of acknowledgement. It is a word that only asks the same, and is easily satisfied. It is accepting of a simple response or, with a hello, you never know where it will lead, or how far it can go. We could all use another hello. j.g.l.