It always starts one of two ways:
The double take followed by numerous furtive glances. Perhaps a whisper or two. Then, gaining courage, a tentative “do I know you from fillintheblank?”
“Hey girlfriend I haven’t seen you in awhile how’s that baby girl did your dad have his surgery we sure miss you down at fillintheblank you like your new job I saw your momma the other day at Piggly Wiggly and she is looking so good I’m so glad I ran into you!” /scene
I just have one of those faces. If I’d lived in one place forever I’d just write if off as someone in town looking similar but this happens everywhere I go. It happens so often that MrBunny, who notices NOTHING, takes note of it now.
Doesn’t matter where we are- Target, Publix, Dillards, hotel, baseball game, gas station, wedding reception- everywhere.
Most of the time I just respond laughingly that no I don’t know the person but the real entertainment is when they argue with me. As if I wouldn’t know if my parent’s lived here and had the opportunity to run into you at Piggly Wiggly. I’m fairly certain that my nether regions would know if I had a baby or not. Not to mention- I’ve only had one job that involved a large office staff so I’m pretty positive we haven’t worked together.
Usually the people everyone thinks I look like are harmless- cousins, coworkers, friends of friends, more cousins (cousins happens quite often), Sally’s girl Susie- but every once in awhile my doppelganger is someone I really don’t want any association with.
At one place I had a job working for a parish and my mystery twin was a heroin addict who often had run ins with the authorities. Or the time that the guy I was dating had previously dated a girl who looked exactly like me- yea, that’s not creepy at all.
I do wonder sometimes if those I look like ever get mistaken for me.
I imagine this is the situation they encounter: “Hey I haven’t seen you in awhile you are so amazing that each day without you in my life is like a day without sunshine.”
What? A little presumptuous? Perhaps. But until I’m informed otherwise by someone with firsthand knowledge of the actual exchange- this is what I’m sticking with.