Growing up everyone tells you not to talk to strangers. Sure, they were partially right. Don’t go up to a stranger and start talking about your social security numbers and then ask for a ride in their big white van. But, would it kill you to say good morning?
I went for a walk today. As I walked around the lake I said good morning and smiled at each person I passed. I got a 50% return on my good mornings. I know I can be intimidating, but I was not wearing my trench coat or driving a my big sketchy van, what were they afraid of?
There were the old ladies chatting that gladly welcomed my good morning, the construction workers who lingered on their waves, and the surprised runners who almost laughed as they responded.
I like to imagine why people are not speaking to me.
If they are listening to their music, I imagine they are so wrapped up in Kevin Gates, or ICP that they don’t even see me. I mean who doesn’t get lost in the music.
I imagine the bikers are in too much pain from those bike shorts to even speak. I don’t think they come off once you get them on.
The skinny moms, pushing two kids in a $300 jogging stroller; have gone crazy. Who pushing 50 pounds for 4 + miles while they run? Crazy people do. You do not want to talk to the crazy ones. They will cut a bitch.
The random guy sitting in his car watching the people run past. DO NOT TALK TO HIM. He is creepy. Forget that he is probably just waiting on someone, and focus on the small chance he could be sent from the CIA to silence you. You know to much.
I have avoided that guy sitting in the car, too…even though, we’re both right, he probably is just waiting for someone…but what if???
There was a serial killer in Louisiana that found his victims from a popular running lake. No lie.
Love this post. I speak and wave to strangers all the time on my runs Its almost a reflex for me.
Good, I will make sure to wave to everyone I pass in case its you one day.
Just look for the girl who smiles and all you see is GUMS. That is the nickname my 14 year old son gave me…
Ha will do!
didn’t mean to duplicate my reply…I am new at this.
It gets easier. Don’t worry 🙂
Just look for GUMS…that is the nickname my 14 year old son gave me because of my smile…
You’re right about the jogging stroller lady. How could she not be crazy? She probably also only has a stick of celery for dinner.
No kidding. Saw two of them, they were tiny tiny.
Good morning! 🙂
So, how much did you spend on your stroller?
Ten Bucks. I have the cheep umbrella stroller. She loves it.
True, so very true! I work at Walmart and we’re to follow the “ten foot rule”…whereas you are to smile and greet the customer. It’s about 50-50 that I would get a response or at least a polite head nod.
I just do not get why people don’t just smile back.
i think they can’t handle the responsability…after a smile , then what! Hello…then what…oh gosh maybe conversation….just where does it stop. Safe not to smile….I love your blog, as always…
I love your comments Lilith. Just sent you a smile.
I agree… cause not all strangers are out to get you… Should be able to tell who you can or shouldn’t talk to right?
The random guy sitting in his car watching the people run past. DO NOT TALK TO HIM. He is creepy. Forget that he is probably just waiting on someone, and focus on the small chance he could be sent from the CIA to silence you. You know to much……
hahahaha,….this is funny…
i like to wish people too..when i was in school i used to wish every teacher Good Morning or Afternoon… it was like an important ritual for me…
As a teacher I deeply appreciate that. You were remembered for that I am sure of it.
I think I passed you! I smiled really big, and looked you right in the eyes, but you couldn’t tell; I’d forgotten I was wearing dark sun glasses.
Oh yeah! I remember you.