speeches and dilation

I did a speech today on a topic that means a lot to me. I’m fifth-generation Japanese and yesterday was the 73rd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

I spoke in front of about 300 people about the attack, and the 442nd Infantry Regiment and it was invigorating. I’m not much of a public speaker, but I finished with a standing ovation and many comments regarding the presentation.

And I finally looked someone in the eyes. His pupils dilated to the point where I couldn’t see blue anymore and I was confused and scared.

I’d never seen anybody’s pupils do that before, mostly because I never looked up. My eyes are constantly on the ground, hoping to be invisible. But today, I think I’m beginning to realize no matter how invisible I want to be, I never will be.

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