I don’t really know if this should be in GQ, but if not, one of our illustrious moderators will take appropriate action.
When I was eight years old, I went with my family to an ice-skating rink. I was just zipping along, minding my own business, when some big kid (about 12 or so) came and pushed me down. He started yelling something like “THAT’S what you get for pushing my little brother!”
Not knowing what the frell he was talking about, I denied even having SEEN his little bro. We argued for a couple of minutes when we both spotted a scrawny little geek skating by…he looked exactly like me. Right down to the dark blue, long-sleeved polyester shirt.
Big kid muttered an apology and chased him down.
Ten years later, I was living abroad. Sitting on the main street with a friend, some guy walks past us from behind, and the girl I was with did a double-take.
“If I weren’t sitting with you right here, I’d call out to you!”
The guy sat down at a cafe across from us and, no lie, he was a dead ringer for me. Facial expressions, hand movements, same glasses and even the same walk (I have a very disctinctive walk).
I ended up speaking with him, and although he didn’t see the resemblance, his friends were completely freaked.
Fast-forward to last night.
I went to the grocery store, and when I got into the check-out lane, a cashier two lanes down waved me over.
“Hmm,” I thought. “There are just as many people in that line; maybe they have less stuff.”
So I started walking over, and the cashier called out, “Why aren’t you at the movies with your father?”
I get to her line, and her jaw drops.
“I swear to god, you look EXACTLY like my son!”
Except for my being 2 years older and maybe 15 pounds heavier, she said the resemblance was more than a cusory one.
Now, I’ve met people who tell me that I look a lot like someone they know, or exactly like someone they know. But I have never had a woman think I was her son, even at first glance, let alone second.
I may be meeting this guy tonight, if he comes to the bar where I’ll be.
Has anybody else had an experience like this? I want to know that I’m not the only one!