So I was at the grocery store last night, and the guy running the till was in his late teens or early twenties. He had dark hair, dark eyes, and glasses, but his hair was short and he had the kind of chiseled features that make girls swoon. Seriously, he was a good looking guy.
He also had bad acne. Not terrible, but enough that he was probably really self conscious about it. He’s probably had it for years, but but has only recently grown into that facial structure. There were a couple young girl checkers who were being silly nearby, and I saw him glance their way a few times, very shyly. It was the kind of look that said he wanted to banter with them, but he didn’t have the confidence.
This broke my heart.
I wanted to take him by the shoulders and shake him, and say, “Dude! You’re hot!”
He probably wouldn’t have appreciated that from a random woman in her thirties, but still. It broke my heart.
There’s a movie from about ten years ago, Shallow Hal. It features a couple of shallow guys, one of whom gets hypnotized into seeing women for who they are inside. For instance, he starts dating a 400 pound woman, but he sees her as this svelte, sexy blonde. (Played by Gwyneth Paltrow.) He keeps telling his friend about this hot woman he’s dating, and he’s shocked that she’s so down-to-earth and friendly with him.
His friend says something like, “She probably didn’t get hot until after college, so she never got the self-confidence. She’s hot but she doesn’t know she’s hot. That’s a real find.”
Seeing that guy at the grocery store reminded me of that line. He’s going to grow out of his skin condition (probably). He’s going to start getting female attention. He’s going to appreciate it, and he’s going to treat women well, because he won’t be one of those guys who got in girls’ pants by virtue of his smile.
He’s going to be a real find.
And that’s kind of a shame.
P. S.: I don’t think I even made a point. I just felt so bad for this kid and I had to tell someone about it.