Last week’s post was based on some interesting conversations about “appreciating” people besides one’s significant other. That got me thinking, which is usually dangerous.
A few days ago, I was at the gym, surreptitiously ogling the magnificent upper body development of a couple of half-naked guys. And no, I’m not going to tell you where I work out. That’s my eye-candy. I don’t share well.
The point is, I enjoyed looking, and I wasn’t the least bit interested in doing anything else. But it made me wonder: would they want to know I was appreciating them?
If the situation was reversed, I’d like to know. Then again, I’m at the time of my life when being appreciated for anything pretty much makes my day. (You: “That’s an unusually-shaped freckle.” Me: “Thank you!” *beams*)
I don’t want to go back to the days when we lived with the fact that we’d get groped and leered at and propositioned wherever we went. I’m not talking about appreciating people to the point where you sidle up to them and lovingly run your sweaty tongue down their neck. I’m pretty sure that kind of thing needs to be restricted to your significant other. Preferably in private. ‘Cause, y’know, the rest of us don’t really want to see that.
But how about a no-harm, no-foul code word that just means “I appreciate you”? The equivalent of a “Like” button, minus the contact with sweaty anatomical bits.
I’m not just talking about appreciating members of the opposite sex, either. I’m talking about appreciating anyone you find attractive, physically or otherwise. Personally, when I notice an attractive person of any age or gender, my brain says, “Nice!”
I realize that this is not particularly eloquent, but it’s versatile. It can be applied with equal appropriateness to the old lady who smiles at me with joy written in every wrinkle, and the hot hunk in his well-filled jeans. Though in the latter case, I find that extra vowels and/or syllables may get added. “Niiiiiice!” And sometimes, “Ni-yi-yi-yi-yice!!” But that might just be me. And I usually remember to use my inside voice.
How would it feel if you were out getting groceries one day, and a total stranger walked up to you, smiled, and said “Like!” And then walked away. No innuendos, no pressure, no lingering drool. Just simple, innocent appreciation.
True, you wouldn’t know whether you were being appreciated for your face, your shoes, your kindness in allowing them to precede you through the lineup, or the fact that they’ve never before seen a person who’s capable of causing a landslide of produce by removing a single apple. But it wouldn’t matter. Just like Facebook, you don’t know exactly why you’re being “Liked”, but it gives you a warm fuzzy feeling anyway.
I realize this is a ridiculously naive and possibly dangerous idea. I know that some people wouldn’t appreciate being “Liked”, no matter how innocent it might be. And I know there are far too many people out there with no sense of appropriateness or boundaries, so it couldn’t possibly work.
But… I kinda wish it could.
What do you think? Would you like to be “Liked”?