It’s been four years since I lived in Seattle (!) but I like to visit as often as I can. I love catching up with my family, seeing how our little town is changing and evolving, and relaxing by the waterfront.
Without fail, I always end up running into old friends. Sometimes, they’re not really friends as much as they are the parents of friends, or acquaintances, or old friends’ ex-boyfriends. You’ve been there, right? It’s a little bit awkward, because you might not remember their name. And if luck is on your side, you’re probably not wearing makeup. And you may have borrowed your sister’s sweats for the day instead of actually getting dressed.
Well, I thought I’d share my mom’s advice. She works in a somewhat public position and has mastered this situation.
Instead of looking away, pretending like you don’t see them, or approaching them and making terrible conversation about nothing in particular, just smile. Look that girl who you once played volleyball with right in the eye, and smile. You can even throw in a wave, if you feel it. Then, continue on with your day– nothing else is needed.
I’ve found this to be the perfect solution. Let’s face it– ignoring them or pretending like you didn’t see them never works. Because you did. And they know it– it leaves a sour taste in both of your mouths. This way, you acknowledge them, are polite and kind, and handle the situation with grace. Depending on the person, it may take a little bravery, but it’s totally worth it. Take my (or my mom’s) word for it!
Any tips for situations like these? I hope you all are having a good week.
P.S. I realize that this picture has nothing to do with the topic of this post, but my sister is wearing a pretty sweet smile in this photo, so I thought it only appropriate to feature her. :)