Thursday, January 29, 2009

My Familiar Face

I was sitting on a bench under a tree with my laptop, trying to get some preliminary research done for my first Spanish Lit. class, when she walked by. She did a double take, stopped, turned around, and came up to me. She smiled warmly. I smiled back.

"Queens, right?" she asked.

I was puzzled at first. Then I laughed and shook my head. "No."

Now she looked puzzled, "You never went to The Queens School?" (why do Queens students always say it like that -the Queens school- like going there makes them royalty?)

I shook my head. Nope. I've never even been on the campus.

She said an embarassed sorry and started to walk away. I kinda felt bad (like I shoulda gone to Queens), and shouted after her, "If it's any consolation, this happens all the time."

And it does. Almost every.single.day. Maybe it's my resplendent come-hither-and-talk-to-me smile, maybe it's the homely aura that surrounds me, maybe it's my propensity to smile and wave at random people whether or not I know them... but there's something about me that makes people -lots of people- think they've seen me before, and feel like they just know me from somewhere.

When I first came to UWI, I thought it was funny. But as the years wore on, it got annoying, then frustrating, then, (after I met a coupla these people) disturbing; then the whole thing just became amusing. Everybody seems to know somebody who looks exactly like me.

So I've come to the (somewhat sad) conclusion that my unique face may not be so unique after all. I have a familiar face. And I guess I'll just have to live with it.

Either that, or I could convince myself that all these people want to talk to me and just don't know how else to strike up a convo :-)

21 comments:

B said...

Of course, the flip side is not always that great.

I have people coming up to me and going, 'You went to XXXX, right?' and having to admit that they have indeed identified the prep school I went to. At which point, they gleefully go 'We were in nursery/kindergarten/grade 1/grade 2... together!!'

It never clicks to them that nobody really wants to hear that they haven't changed since they were 4 or 5. Uniqueness? Or plain babyface?

Ruthibelle said...

LOL Bee. I see your point

areyouteeaych said...

This happens to me too, but not nearly as often I don't think. Anyhoo, I've just concluded that: you have a face for TV...it's relatable, comforting and approachable. And I think those traits, in the end, are better than, "Hmm...that person looks really weird!" or "Is that a girl or a guy?" (because I surprisingly have to ask myself that question a LOT lately). Oops, off subject. Ruthibelle, you're simply lovely.

David Tellez said...

I get that all the time too. "You're so and so's kid, right?" Or, "we were in the same class, freshman year, right?" And the answer to all these questions is no. I must have that familiar face too. I think it's because I have such a mixed background/heritage, I can blend in anywhere.

And hey...thanks for stopping by!

Dutty said...

Sometimes when I am n a store people as me where to find things.

Stunner said...

I do get that too a few times, maybe not as regularly as you though.

Ruthibelle said...

@Dutty... I get that occasionally too. But bwoy, if you getting that too much then u should be concernd, you probly look like store attendant

Beth said...

everyone's got a twin right? yours went to the Queens School!

Abeni said...

Or it means you haven't aged one day since High School:)

Ruthibelle said...

lol Abeni, that goes right back to B's point of ppl thinking you're so thrilled to know u look the same way since kindergarten... or even high school...

@ Beth, lol, amongst other places...

Blu Jewel said...

Go with your closing statement. You're warm, approachable, and maybe people really do just want to talk to you. I'm sure that while you think you have a plain face; that may not really be the case of why would THAT many people think you're someone they know or have seen before? One love!

love to live; live to love!

Ruthibelle said...

yeah. I prefer your explanation too, Jewel, lol :)

Believer 1964 said...

I'm thinking you have an inviting smile and coupled with your sweet spirit they can't help but want to know you.

Ruthibelle said...

yeah... i wanna think so too. But then i could just be biased :)

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