“Have You Ever Met a Stranger, Who You Never Saw Again, that You Still Think About on Occasion?”

On 24 July 2013, Redditor cjanini90 asked, “Have you ever met a stranger, who you never saw again, that you still think about on occasion?” Here are some replies: 1) herr_hans_wormhat wrote, “When I was 17, my dog got out and was hit by a car. A man (not the driver) found him in the street and called my house. I was home alone and ran outside where he died in my arms. The guy who found him was driving an HVAC truck and clearly had no experience with consoling teenage girls, but he stayed with me and for an hour on the side of the road while I called my parents, cried hysterically with snot and tears streaming down my face, yelled at rubberneckers and was basically inconsolable. He would give me awkward pats on the back to help calm me down until my mom came. Months later, I was working at the grocery store and he came through my line. I recognized him right away, but wasn’t sure if he recognized me. Before he left, he made eye contact and gave me a knowing nod and half smile of acknowledgment. He’s my favorite stranger.” 2) PastelCube wrote, “I was walking to the bus stop in middle school and a woman walked by with her dog. The dog jumped at me and the woman pulled him back and said ‘Yes, she’s pretty isn’t she?’ It was a small thing, but after being relentlessly bullied at school for being ugly/‘looking like a boy’ it meant the world to me. 9 years later and I still remember :)” PastelCube added a little later, “Just a small note on if she was talking about the dog. It’s entirely possible! She kept walking, so if she was the memory is now funny to me because it’s like ‘Yes my dog is gorgeous’ struts away. And either way, I had an easier time dealing with things at school that day so I’m counting it as a good memory haha.” By the way, Dulcinea responded, “I had something similar happen. I was a scrawny loner with a terrible overbite and no clue how to dress when I was a kid. I didn’t figure out clothes or makeup until grade 11. When I about 20 I was going into a convenience store and a boy, who was maybe 13, stopped in his tracks and said to me ‘Wow! You’re REALLY pretty!’ I can’t remember how I reacted, I probably just blushed, but I still think of him from time to time and how he made me feel.” 3) nator630 wrote, “When I was in my early 20’s I had on 2 separate occasions older gentlemen (40+) come up to me and tell me I was the most beautiful girl in the room. They had no ulterior motives as they would say that and walk away never to be seen again. As someone who is never the most beautiful girl in the room and had suffered through a lot of teasing about my looks when I was younger, it really made me feel good about myself. I still think of it time to time.”

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Source: cjanini90, “Have you ever met a stranger, who you never saw again, that you still think about on occasion?” Reddit. AskReddit. 24 July 2013


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