I went grocery shopping yesterday. Masked and armed with a list of necessary items, I decided to stroll through the store. I had some time and I figured I’d people watch while shopping. Have you done that lately? It’s really interesting.
For simplicity, there are those who look at you and those who act as if you don’t exist. I just find people’s reactions fascinating. Because I wasn’t in a hurry, I chose to look at everyone with whom I crossed paths. Some refused to look at me. Others glanced at me and looked away. (No, I wasn’t staring at them like a stalker either). A few actually made eye contact and that’s where it was fascinating.
With masks on, we can only rely on body language, the eyes and if the person chooses to speak. We can’t see if there’s a scowl or a smile behind the mask because it covers the face. I never really realized how much I rely on seeing the bottom part of someone’s face before now. Sometimes it’s really hard to ‘read’ a masked stranger.
Have you ever thought about it?
I saw one guy walking down the aisle towards me. His energy, his gait, his manner of dress and his seemingly easy going nature were attractive. My guess was he was a little older than me. I was reaching for some items on the shelf and then turned to put them in the shopping cart as he was starting to pass by. I looked up towards him and he slowed down, looked into my eyes and said, “Hello,” as he walked past me. From behind my mask I smiled and replied, “Hello,” back to him.
Not much of an interchange, but lovely all the same. Why? Because he greeted me and took the time to look at me, and into my blue eyes. And his were green. It was momentary, but made me smile as I walked up the next aisle. I never did see him again, but I was grateful for the kindness.
That’s what we need more of – kindness, connections and really looking into someone’s eyes. So today while you’re out and about, why not pass it along? I know that’s what I’m doing!