I was getting something from the dry storage today, and one of the cooks was as well. I've worked with him for months, since at least September, and it's not like we haven't talked. He turned to ask me if I knew where something was, and just fell utterly silent in the middle of his sentence for a moment.
“You have pretty eyes,” he said out of the blue.
“Thanks,” I said, since that's actually the only compliment I can graciously accept.
“Do you know where (mumble mumble) is?” he asked, still staring at my eyes.
“Where what is?”
He turned and looked at the shelves for a moment, then reached for whatever he was looking for – and missed it the first time because he'd turned back to stare at me again. “You have really pretty eyes.”
I'm telling you this not to brag or anything, but because I get such a kick out of this happening. It's always somebody who I've known for months! It's not like these are strangers who've never seen me before. It's people I've had long conversations with, and have had eye contact with for months, and suddenly they're just struck dumb and are fascinated by something that never changes. More proof that people are unobservant!
There's another thing makes me laugh outright. I was working in the back with Kate, one of the pairs of sisters, who's a relatively new hire. We were talking about a book series we both read, and absolutely out of the blue she says, “I'm really glad we're getting along. I thought you were such a bitch at first.”
I literally laughed out loud. “Everybody says that!”
I don't think she believed me, but it's true. I've lost count of the number of people who've told me exactly that, including my former roommate and some of my best friends! It happened at my old restaurant, and my old retail job, too. The first few times it hurt my feelings, and now I just laugh because really? What the fuck!
Then again, I did 'greet' our new expo by walking up, looking at the woman training him, and saying, “Who's the fresh meat?” Maybe I should knock that kind of shit off.