Friends I Haven’t Met Yet

I have always been a friendly soul but this is getting ridiculous! Today I thought the car pulling into the parking lot at my friend’s office was my husband come to pick me up. I waved and smiled. The driver waved and smiled (I think). Then he -she?- backed out of the lot and headed back in the direction he had come! Oooops.

This has been happening more and more. The other week I thought it was a dear friend standing on the street in front of a restaurant. I was getting ready to give her a hug before it dawned upon me she was a total stranger!

People address me and do not give me a clue who they are. I have several times walked up to within two feet of someone and said something profound like “oh, hello. It’s you.”

We are going on a cruise this summer and I would like to do a few shore excursions. I have no idea how this is going to work. I like to wander around and explore but if i get more than a few feet away from people I have no idea who they are. Makes it sort of hard to stay with the group!

I might get on the wrong ship and go to South America or someplace. I might need a GPS tracker device implanted to get me home. Maybe a tag. If found please return to….

I have been getting better at identifying ‘faceless’ people at school and at the gym.  Some of these people are pleased  I have been able to recognize them. I keep it to myself that it generally has to do with something like a pronounced limp or oversized ‘love handles’. The more gross – and I use that word meaning the opposite of fine although you can think what you like – details of a person’s appearance have recently become more important to me.

I really don’t have an answer for this lack of face recognition faux pas waiting to happen nonsense. I just have to believe people are more tolerant of pleasant clueless folks than they are of unpleasant clueless folks and just keep trying to be nice.

And who knows, the next stranger I try to hug might possibly become a friend.

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