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What Two Men Said to Me

6 February 2012

This afternoon, I stopped at the petrol station just across from my apartment building on my way home from work. As I was pumping the petrol, I was contemplating my life, and I must have looked like I was thinking very hard about something unhappy, because a man walking back to his truck stopped and said to me, “Smile!”

So I did, and he said, “It makes people wonder what you’re up to,” which made me laugh. He said I looked like I’d had a long, hard day — which I hadn’t — and asked me where I worked. I told him, and said that it hadn’t been a hard day, I was just thinking about a lot. He pointed to his truck, which was a big Kleenheat Gas tanker, and told me about his day, which hadn’t been long but had been difficult, because his truck almost blew up. So he said to keep smiling.

Then I went into the servo to pay, and the guy at the till said, “Wow, you’re so beautiful!” I was so taken aback! I thanked him, and he said, “You must not be single.” I told him I was, and that I was enjoying being single at the moment. He was surprised, and asked if I was doing anything fun that night, or just sleeping. I said, “just dinner, then sleeping soon after.” He laughed and said I was boring — but that he was doing the same. When I left, he wished me a good evening.

I don’t know what brought on these two interactions today. Normally I don’t have conversations with people I don’t know; I just say what I need to say for the transaction, and move on. It shocked me that not one, but two people struck up a conversation with me tonight. And both were about how I looked — one that I looked haggard (my words, not his!) and the other that I looked beautiful. Such opposites, in such a short space of time.

I suppose both were true. I did feel tired, and had been deep in thought trying to come to some conclusions about a big decision when the first man stopped to talk to me. By the time I went into the store to pay, I was feeling better because of him, and that must have shown on my face. Plus, I was wearing what I deem to be a gorgeous outfit today — not something I pay much attention to, my clothes, but I felt really good in what I was wearing — so that must have shown to the guy in the servo.

Regardless, I was pleased by both of these men, and it was nice to have real conversations with people I didn’t know.

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  1. 9 February 2012 12:21

    So often people don’t say the nice things that are going through their heads and it is so nice to hear when they do say it. On the other hand, it is better to keep the negative to ourselves! It’s a good thing that the positive far outweighs the negative.

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