This was a fascinating little read. I feel like the people who work at Target that I see too frequently are my not-so-strangers, but that's another story. There's also a lady who walks her boxer that we see almost every single day in exactly the same place while I'm driving the kids to school (we call her "the boxer lady").The last line wonders who's no-so-stranger YOU might be. Interesting thought, right?
I seem to also belong to the opposite group, though, as I've had to convince several strangers that I am NOT in fact, their college professor, their neighbor who moved away, or their favorite sorority sister from college (and that's just from the past two years or so). Then I have to convince these people again while they stare deeply into my face, that I do not know them.
They always say, "you have her exact mannerisms, which are rather unique, I could've sworn you were her", and as I deny being someone else again, I watch their faces as this longing to see recognition from me remains unfulfilled and I have to excuse myself to go get my rotisserie chicken and not forget to buy more eggs, or pay for my chicken sandwich and make sure to get enough Polynesian sauce.
I wish I could see who they thought I might've been, and what part of that person I embody so convincingly. Did my existence in that place remind them of happy things? Did they go home and reach out to this other person and tell them "I saw someone who looked just like you today, how have you been" and I wonder, what are these duplicates of mine doing today?
I made a little book list for myself of novels that were discussed to me as having plots that slightly nudge up against this idea. The only one I've read is Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, which I super highly recommend you read, like right this second.
One True Loves, by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Eternal Life, by Dara Horn
Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson
If, Then, by Kate Hope Day
Have you read any of these?? Have others that would go along with this theme? Do you have a not-so-stranger in your routine?
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