A few weeks ago I was attending a social gathering where several groups of friends were joining for a day of fun. When I happily arrived with my group, I thought it was slightly odd when I noticed *Marilyn from a distance and she didn't say hello. We were all still unpacking our cars so I figured I'd catch her later. I don't get to see Marilyn that often because she lives in another state but she's a really sweet girl so I was excited to catch up. Before long I popped on over to her and gave her pony tail a tug and said "Hey!" (something I can assure you I have never done to anyone in my life, so why I choose this moment in time to be so forwardly friendly, I'll never know.)
As "Marilyn" turned around, I got a better look at her face for the first time and obviously, she was not Marilyn.
"Um, Hi. I'm *Brandy. I don't believe we've met yet."
(A normal person would have said, "Oh dear me. You are correct. I apologize as I thought you were in fact someone I was previously acquainted with. Please do forgive me for invading your personal space so awkwardly.")
But for some unknown reason, rather than admit my mistake like a normal person, I said, "Oh. I know. That's why I thought I should introduce myself." (Like seriously? I did NOT think that at all. Um, I carried a watermelon?!?!) So then she basically ran away which is clearly what I would have done too.
Moments later, I saw the real Marilyn, and did I acknowledge her? No. I didn't want to make the same mistake twice. I ignored her until her until she came to me and I was positive I wasn't going to make the same mistake again.
And I made sure to avoid fake-Marilyn at all costs for the rest of the day, making the situation even more socially awkward and most certainly leaving her with a feeling I'd been hitting on her and felt rejected.
*Name has been changed