My life, guys. My life.
To start, I am going to answer questions that are necessary to completely appreciate this story:
Q) How old are you, Carmen?
Q) Why do you wear make-up, Carmen?
A) Because if I don't, I look like I'm in high school. I mean, even WITH make-up I get mistaken as a high schooler, but the chances of that happening are lowered.
Q) Wait Carmen, are you single?
A) Recently, I took the liberty of looking up the meaning of my name. It means, 'Nobel Virgin.'
This explains so much.
So yes, I'm single.
Now, I'm not completely thrilled with these facts. I mean, I'm not miserable and moping around all the time, but I also don't wake up every morning and think, "YES! Another day of being single and looking like a high schooler! Just what ever 22-year-old strives to accomplish, and I have achieved this without even trying!"
Anyway. Today, I went to visit my friends. I really hadn't been out in public at all that day, so I didn't bother putting on make-up.
My friends and I got on the subject of boys, and I was left to wonder how on earth I can diminish my awkwardness enough to attract the opposite sex.
During this encounter, I realized how I really hadn't eaten anything that day besides a couple of granola bars and cheerios, and how blasted hungry I was.
Thankfully, a Mexican restaurant sat right next door to where I had visited my friends, and I eagerly walked to the restaurant to get some type of subsistence for my body.
I walk up to order my food. Behind the counter, I see two pubescent high schoolers probably between the ages 16-17, donning terrible looking man-buns.
"What can I get for you?" asked one.
"Small pork salad, please."
"Sounds good." he said.
He got the first part of my salad started, the handed it off to the second high schooler, who looked at me and immediately said, "WOAH! You look JUST like my cousin! That was FREAKY!"
"Maybe I am." I replied monotonously, because I really was not in a mood to talk. I just wanted my food.
The kid gave me a weird look. Then I said, "Just kidding. I'm not your cousin. I could act like her if you wanted me to, though."
"She is pretty cool. She's in the army and stuff."
"Nice." I replied, when really I'm thinking, 'I'm so blasted hungry, please just give me my blasted salad before I pass out from hunger."
He then began to ask me a series of various questions.
"What would you like on your salad?" he started.
"Um, those diced tomato things--."
"Do you rock climb at all?"
I blinked, then said, "Um. I mean, I did in the fifth grade once. Then my shoe fell off and I came back down, and didn't feel like going back up again."
"C'mon! You just gotta monkey crawl back on up there!"
"Yeah, I gotta try rock climbing again." I said, feeling my face turn red.
"Corn and onions on your salad?"
"You really gotta try rock climbing again," he continued, "It's so great. Gotta get yourself out into the sun!"
My thoughts? "Um. I have a sun allergy. Are you implying that I look pale? Because I already know that. It comes with the redheaded gene. Back off."
. . . My subconscious gets a little defensive when I'm hungry or tired. I consider it to be part of survival mode. Please don't judge me.
What I really said?
"Yeah I think that's something I'd probably enjoy."
"Sour cream, ranch, and cheese on your salad?" he asked.
"No thanks. But does the mango dressing cost extra?"
"Uuuuuuugh." he said, looking from me, to the dressing, back to me, "I really like you. So for you, no, it's free"
"But you gotta give me your digits."
". . . . . . . . . . . . I'm in a relationship."
That's a big, fat lie.
"Ah man. Well, you have a good day!"
"Yeah, thanks. You too."
He slid my salad down, and the cashier began to ring up the price. Now, the cashier had such a thick, Hispanic accent I couldn't understand a WORD she was saying, so I just say 'yes' to everything. While I'm agreeing to whatever this lady is saying, High School Boy turns to his friend and says, "Hey, we're getting pretty good at this."
I rolled my eyes and fished out my money to pay the cashier. First of all, I wondered how old he thought I was. But I knew already: He probably thought I was somewhere between ages 16-19.
Second of all, why on earth would he hit on a girl that looked like his cousin? Is he attracted to his cousin?
Both of these facts are just flat out wrong and illegal.
"You know," said High School Boy to me as he slid back up to the cash register, "If you'd like, you and your boyfriend could come rock climbing with me sometime."
Here was my thought process: "Crap. Okay, which guy friend can I get to agree to pose as my fake boyfriend to go rock climbing and scare this high schooler away? WAIT. WHY AM I PLANNING ON GOING ON THIS? I HAVEN'T AGREED AND I DON'T NEED TO AGREE TO DOING THIS."
So what did I say?
". . . . . . . . . . . . . . .No."
"Ah, okay. Well have a good day!"
I had to pay for the stupid mango dressing.
So I leave and go to my friends apartment. I stayed there to eat and talk to my friend, then it was time to head home since it was getting decently late.
Now, the apartment complex my friend lives at double as housing for EFY kids. (EFY = a camp for LDS youth ranging from ages 16-18.)
As I left the housing, an EFY student raced up to the door and opened it for me. I smiled and said, "Oh, thank you!"
"I hope you find the right man." he responded.
"Thanks! I hope so too."
I walked a little bit farther, stopped dead in my tracks and shouted, "Wait. . . WHAT?!"
I turned around, but he was already gone and the door was shutting.
I don't know, guys. Maybe he was a little guardian angel there to give me hope that one day, someone will fall for me despite of my awkwardness.
Happy awkwardness, everybody.
Hey, guess how old I am in this picture.