So the other day Lee and I were out on a quick errand at one of those massive chain stores and, as we were walking towards the register, I spotted someone out of the corner of my eye that looked familiar. I did a double-take and, sure enough, I knew this person and her sister.... we went to high school together, did some sports together... we're even friends on facebook! When I saw her, I turned on my heels and walked the other way. Now before you pass judgement, let me explain myself.
Lee and I were in the middle of doing home improvements and we were both in our grubby Sunday clothes... I had my messy hair up in a hat, no make-up on, paint all over my clothes... I was kind of a sh*t-show. As I scurried away from Lee I mumbled, "I'll meet you at the car" and I high-tailed it outta the store.
Being back in Utah has many, many perks. I love so many things about this state... honestly, leaving for seven years was the BEST thing I've ever done because I now appreciate all that we have here. One of the drawbacks? The anonymity is gone. No longer am I a face in the crowd when out at the store, or at a restaurant, or pumping gas.... having grown up here and gone to elementary/junior high/high school here means that I run into all sorts of people that I know in all sorts of random places!
When Lee got to the car, he was like, "What the eff?" Here's the thing... I like this person and I'd consider her a friend...not a close friend but a friend nonetheless.... but when I'm out on a quick errand in messy clothes/hair/etc.... the last thing I want to do is play 'catch-up' with someone I haven't seen in years! I think it is a little shocking going from living in a place where I don't know anyone when I'm out-and-about to almost guaranteeing that I will run into someone I know wherever I go!
I'm sure that I will continue to see people that I know around town and I realize that I just need to get over the fact that I am no longer living in a city where very few people know me. Sometimes I think I'm a bit of a social reject in that I get uncomfortable with the small talk.. the chit-chat... the 'Hey-I-haven't-seen-you-in-years-You-look-great-What-are-you-up-to?' kind of stuff. I'm weird. What can I say? I also think that it's the acquaintances that I was only sort-of friends with.... or under/upper classmen from high school that I kinda knew but not really.... or people from my old ward... that's when I go into avoidance mode and head for the hills!!
If you're reading this, please don't be asking yourself, 'Well maybe she means me!!' because I don't..... it's actually kinda fun running into people from the past... it all depends on the time and the place, I guess.... oh, and what I'm wearing or how my hair looks. ;-) I guess living in L.A. for 7 years has left me a little bit vain.