That Moment


Mamihlapinatapai is a word from the Yaghan language of Tierra del Fuego, listed in The Guinness Book of World Records as the “most succinct word”, and is considered one of the hardest words to translate. It refers to “a look shared by two people, each wishing that the other will offer something that they both desire but are unwilling to suggest or offer themselves.”

You know that moment when you miss a chance to ask for their Number?

Well I do all too well.

Take today for example…

You’ve probably heard this story 1000 times before but let me tell you what happened.

I’m at work. Behind the till serving customers, It’s been a long day but i have a smile as usual and I’m not that cheesy guy but i know how to strike up a conversation.

Over she walks with a bottle of water and we get talking somehow the conversation turns to Germany.  We brush over the areas we’ve even to and she used to live in Munich. We say a few words in German and then she tells me the weathers amazing over there. Now all day today in London it has been raining so i say “well let’s just go for the weekend.” she smiles and considers the idea. At that point I quickly change the subject and ask her for the money she has to pay.

Just before she leaves there is another pause. “Have a nice afternoon” i say and with that I’ve dismissed the opportunity and she leaves the shop.

As she’s walking away down the street i turn and look after her. She also turns and looks, smiles and waves…

I missed my moment……

Its times like these i wish women would just speak up if you’re interested. Your letting the nice guys pass you by.

Still…. I’m an Idiot!!!

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4 responses to “That Moment

  1. We let them pass by on purpose. We want to separate the nice guys from the lazy/pushover/wimpy guys. Also have you ever considered she wasn’t the one for you? But she was great practice… now when the right one comes – you’re bravery will be there! And when you see her – the other lost opportunities fade away…..

    • Well said. I completely understand but it will always bug me. Not just this one incident (its just one I chose to document) but the whole situation.

      Its very difficult to be in a situation like this and come across as a nice guy if you push too hard and or approach the idea of meeting up from that point onwards.

      I suppose that’s the over thinker in me talking though.

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