The tree outside the corner of the building, trapped in an acute angle of ugly 80s architecture, was thriving. I admired the close-up view of its limbs in all seasons, this most recent season spread with snow. It must have been too close for some because one day I passed and saw the bright, raw wounds of hacked-off limbs now more distant than before and fully bereft of snow. And I told myself I couldn't start crying in the hallway at work even if I felt like someone had just callously and with business-like efficiency taken a knife to a friend of mine. It must have been scratching the glass or pounding on it right next to that lady in the corner's ear. It wasn't like they'd cut us on purpose, fully knowing. They probably didn't even think of it, didn't see it that way, didn't know how much it would hurt us. They didn't know, I told myself, wiped my eyes, sniffed, and started limping a little more slowly to my next meeting.