I went to a high school reunion recently. I am much better at being present than I am at remembering the past. So, I thought it would be a nice opportunity for my husband and I to get out and have a drink on our own. I didn’t expect to know anybody and I certainly didn’t expect anyone to remember me.
Well, here are the stats:
One person knew me and said I looked exactly the same. I knew another person; he recognized me but he couldn’t figure out how he knew me. There was a third person who I’ve known since junior high (or maybe 5th grade?) and we recognized each other. Then there was a fourth person who knew ALL about me.
He told me the classes we took together. He told me how I always used to let him copy off my paper. (I have a vague recollection of letting someone check his work.) He even did a pretty good imitation of the face that I believe I would have made if someone did ask me to copy. He also disclosed the names of two other girls that he would have had to go to if he indeed had no paper to “check” and needed some answers. I recognized those names.
He told my husband how smart I was and how nice I always was to him. He told my husband how lucky he is and how “hot” I am now. He begged us not to leave early and offered to buy us more drinks. He not only remembered me, but liked me enough to want to keep hanging out with me.
The thing is, this guy seemed to know EVERYONE at this party. He seemed to be able to make each person he talked to feel good. It wasn’t just me. But still, it was an ego boost.
The thing is, it wasn’t just about ego.
Sometimes I get caught in my own perception of who I am. I see my flaws and my failings. I do my best to be loving toward people, but I never know how I really affect them.
This guy did more than just boost my ego. He reminded me of who I am at my core. He made me understand that I am worth remembering. That I touch people in ways that I don’t even know. That I have something to offer. Sometimes, in the midst of laundry and dishes and playing with my little one, I forget all that.
Thank you “Matt T.” for the reminder. You not only made my night, you inspired me to be more of who I really am.
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