“I’ve got your back”

It’s not an expression I normally use. I’m much more likely to say, “I’ll take care of you,” or “I’m looking out for you.” I also remember only one time that “I’ve got your back” was said to me. It’s something I’ll never forget, but not just because it’s become a familiar turn of phrase.

It was about three in the morning. I couldn’t sleep. In fact, I’d hardly slept for days. I was traveling, and starting just before I’d boarded an overnight flight three days earlier, I had been suffering from back pain. Now I was lying on an uncomfortable hotel bed, just a few hours before attending a day-long presentation in an uncomfortable auditorium setting. I felt desperate.

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