I love it when somebody misplaces something that I can see is right in front of them.
I see the way their eyes scan the table or whatever to find the missing possession.
The best bit, and the reason I love it when somebody loses something is that I see their eyes do a clever loop, an evasion, a circuit, as the direction of their gaze gets near where the object is.
They skip over the object, they go mentally blind, they even close their eyes for a second when they get ‘too near’.
Sometimes they look as though they are going to bump into the object in their line of sight and their eyes jump and veer away. It’s like they are deliberately sabotaging their efforts.
And they are unaware of it.
I don’t know why people do it, but it happens.
There is no way to manufacture the circumstances when it happens, which is another reason I love when it happens. It is another rare opportunity to see something that I rarely get a chance to see.
Have you seen it?
The upside for me is that having witnessed other people do it, when I sense it is happening to me I can tell myself to stop. It takes an effort. The drive to keep looking for just a few seconds more is strong.
And sometimes I see the thing that I could not see a moment before.