The picture of poise and confidence.

The other day, I was looking really good. No, like really good.

Great hair, great outfit, great smile… I’m talkin’ goooooood.

So, where do you go when you’re looking as good as I was?

Broad Ripple, duh.

I’m walking down the sidewalk, the sun shining, a pep in my step, hair blowing in the wind, smiling at strangers. The picture of poise and confidence. (A far cry from my usually painfully-awkward, insecure, generally clumsy existence.)

As I’m walking, I glance across the street at a bar. It’s one of those super-cool ones, where the walls all open up along the sidewalks when it’s nice outside so patrons can enjoy the weather and people watch. When I look over, I notice a group of handsome young men drinking at a table, looking back at me.

“Oh, men,” I laugh to myself. “Always checking out women. Look at them, looking at me. So typical.”

I look away. Coquettishly, I look back.

Still watching me.

“My my,” I roll my eyes. “So rude, all those stares. They can probably tell I’m wearing new eyeshadow. Oh, men. So immature sometimes.”

I look down. I look up.

Still staring.

“Oh dear,” I flutter my eyelashes. “Take a picture already, it’ll last longer. Ha ha. I’m so funny. And pretty. [Hair toss.] I bet they –”

SMACK!

“What the?”

I walked into a pole.

“OHMIGOD I WALKED INTO A POLE! A POLE! Play it cool, Jillian. Play it realllll cool. Maybe they didn’t see.”

Casually, I side-stepped the pole, straightened my skirt and continued down the sidewalk. Glancing out of the corner of my eye, I peeked back at the bar.

Hysterical laughter.

I briefly considered jumping into the canal to escape my humiliation, but then I realized I can’t swim. Plus, the water would have messed up my hair.

And, despite my wounded pride, my hair was still lookin’ reallllllly good.

I’m sure that’s what those guys remember.

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One thought on “The picture of poise and confidence.

  1. Loved this! I had a similar situation once where I knew I looked awesome, I felt amazing, and then a seedling blew in the wind, smacking me in the forehead. I just remember thinking, “This is the reality of my life….”

    Anyway, loved this post. I’ll be reading more, now following.

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