Monday, March 24, 2014
Smiling at strangers
So, some of you may have spotted an embarrassingly-unattractive picture of me out on Facebook recently.
"Looks as if you were having an abysmal time.", a co-worker remarked.
Instinctively, I knew better than to attend hubby's reunion, where I knew no-one.
Then again, observing my facial expression and slumped posture it's little wonder no-one sought me out for further conversation!
My parents had a pet name for me when I'd get 'that' look: 'Josie Martinez.' I've no idea where it came from, but wow. My 3-year old self would howl in rage -- or most likely, embarrassment.
When necessary (um, that would be my workplace), I consider myself fluent at faking an extroverted presence.
Left to my own devices, however, I don't much enjoy spending time with more than 2-3 persons at a time.
Still, that doesn't excuse my channeling 'Josie.'
I suppose most everyone's nervous in unfamiliar situations.
The only difference is, if I'm nervous and excited I wind up chattering on and on and on
.... then beat myself up afterwards for talking too much.
Oops! I strayed off topic there for a moment.
For years now, I've been Really Intrigued why some folks find it difficult to smile at others - or simply offer a 'Good morning' greeting. Mind you, I'm not talking about jumping in someone's path like a zealous timeshare or used car salesman!
The worst offenders?
My vote goes out to those real-life denizens of Gray's Anatomy. Last year when DH was in and out of hospitals, I'd find myself sharing an elevator with 'med folk'... all of who'd studiously examine the ceiling ... the floor ... the shiny walls.
Ya, I get it. You've serious business going on; the stuff of life and death. Maybe you hate your job.
.....But would it kill you to smile back?
I probably gathering molehills over here, still trying to over-compensate for that pill, Josie.
Rather than asking if you find it natural to smile at strangers -- bloggers are some of the nicest people on the planet! ..... am I missing the obvious?
....is my naivety showing?
Wishing you a sweet week, and as always .....
"Hugs from Phoenix!"