Ever see someone a block or so away and say to yourself, “Wow, that looks just like so-and-so.” and then move a bit closer and think, “Maybe it is so-and-so!” and get kind of excited to see this person? And then get closer and say, “Oh. Maybe not.” and then get really close and think, “Eesh! Nope, not so-and-so. Not at all!” and feel bad for ever thinking that person could have been so-and-so? And then feel even worse because of the strong visceral reaction to this stranger you mistakenly thought you knew, when there wasn’t anything at all wrong with them except that they weren’t. so-and-so. at. all.*
Never happened to you?
Oh. Well, I thought I saw you this morning. Maybe I just miss you.
*Like, decades older, frumpy and disheveled. Which so-and-so clearly isn’t.