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Stuck Up?

When I was in Junior High, my eye sight was checked and sure enough – I needed glasses. As any typical teenager does, I chose not to wear them unless absolutely necessary (like, in class when I couldn’t see the chalk board).

I’m not sure why I felt it necessary to walk around blind – everyone else in my family already had glasses or contact lenses, so it’s not like it was a foreign concept to me…but there you have it.

What did this do to my social life? Not much…except that I know people thought I was stuck up when I didn’t wave to them when they were down the hall. It seriously wasn’t that I was stuck up – I just didn’t SEE you!!

Which brings up another point…now that I actually do wear my glasses (or contacts if I’m feelin’ fancy), there are probably still times when I don’t say “hi!” or wave to people when I see them. Especially when I’m back in my home town for a visit. I’ll see someone I went to school with – or someone’s mom – and think “Oh! That’s so-and-so…I should say ‘hi’ to her!” And then I’ll think, “But what if she doesn’t remember me..?” And then I’ll think “So what, I should do it anyway” …but then the moment has passed and it’s been too long and it’ll feel funny because I didn’t say it RIGHT away… And then I’m thinking “Wait a minute…SHE didn’t say hi to ME. I guess she doesn’t remember me.”

So…think about it. What if the WHOLE WORLD has these thoughts? No one says “hi” to anyone from their ‘former’ life because they’re all afraid that so-and-so won’t remember them.

I say, so what if they don’t? Next time…say “hi” and smile. You don’t have to stop and chat, but who knows? Maybe you’ll be able to catch up with an old friend. If nothing else, you’ve just passed a smile on and possibly made someone’s day.

P.S. If you see me, TOTALLY say “hi” – I’ll remember you 🙂

5 Responses

  1. Hi!!!!

    haha – I do that all the time. And sometime sI pray they don’t see me (and remember me) because maybe I really don’t want to take to them.

  2. I’m like that too! I really have to think hard on whether I want to initiate the “hello.” There’s a girl I went to HS with that lives in this town. In HS I found her to be stuck-up, always wanted to be w/ the “IN people” (I was not one of them). recenlty, I ran into this person and played the “should i/shouldn’t I say Hello” game…well I did. And we started a really nice conversation! She apparantly remembered me (shocker) and was pleasant to talk to. You never know!

  3. Very cute post Nancy! LOVE it!
    I am definitely one to say’Hi” the minute I see you and people tend to be forced to talk to me. LOL
    I’m a chatty one, if you haven’t guessed yet. LOL

  4. Nancy, great sentiment! I really wave and chat to everybody – I don’t actually care if they know me or not.

  5. I am going through this on a daily basis now that I’ve moved back to my hometown. “Do I say hi? Do I not say hi?”…”Do they like me? Do they remember me?” My gut instinct is to ignore everyone until they say something to me. But I’m trying to teach my daughter to be less socially self-conscious than I so I’ve been making a real effort to initiate contact when I see someone. It’s hard but it’s paying off.

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