Thursday Thirteen: I Saw Him From Afar


Ever notice how you can pick out a friend’s back across a crowded room, even if everyone in the room’s wearing the same uniform?

It’s the hair



Their posture

Shoulders up, chest lifted

Shoulders in

Hips canted to one side

The set of the jaw, or the jawline itself

Do they talk with their hands?

Do they fidget?

Favor one leg?

If they’re wearing heels, do they rock one foot forward and anchor that heel into the ground?


Think about it. What makes you recognize someone? What lets your friends recognize you?



  1. L-Squared

    September 10, 2009 1:00 am

    Hmmm… Nope. I’ve never been able to do that, but maybe someday.
    Most often I identify people by their voice, so yes, things can get a little awkward if they don’t speak first. However, I also know a few highly odorous people who I can almost always identify by scent long before they’re near enough to speak to me.

    How do people recognize me? Well, if nothing else, the guide dog tends to be a pretty big giveaway. 🙂
    .-= L-Squared´s last blog ..Sweet Fuzzy Peach =-.

  2. Adelle Laudan

    September 10, 2009 9:01 am

    People spot me in a crowd because I’m blonde and 6’2″
    lol I think hair color and body type from the back.
    Fun list. Happy T13!
    .-= Adelle Laudan´s last blog .. =-.

  3. Adelle Laudan

    September 10, 2009 9:03 am

    People spot me in a crowd because I’m blonde and 6’2″ lol To spot someone in a crowd? I’d say hair color, body type and what they’re wearing.
    Fun list!
    Happy T13!
    .-= Adelle Laudan´s last blog .. =-.

  4. Jane Doe

    September 10, 2009 9:38 am

    I can usually recognize friends and family in a crowd regardless what they are wearing, especially my girls. I can tell by how they move their body mostly.

  5. Alice Audrey

    September 10, 2009 10:47 am

    I don’t know about other people, but I’m sure with Trev it’s the green hair.
    .-= Alice Audrey´s last blog ..A 13 Part Tour of the ShapeShifter World =-.

  6. Brenda ND

    September 10, 2009 12:25 pm

    Yes! Sometimes you can spot them by their habits and body language, but sometimes you just know. An invisible connection pulls taut. Anyway, Happy TT!
    .-= Brenda ND´s last blog ..School’s In: 13 Quotes about Education =-.

  7. Hootin' Anni

    September 10, 2009 12:47 pm

    more or less height and hair color.

    My 13 is posted if you’d like to stop by and read ’em…it’s a list of 13 plays on words with a bit of humor.

  8. Mom

    September 10, 2009 2:26 pm

    It’s familiarity. It’s aura. It’s everything you listed here and more.
    .-= Mom´s last blog ..The Band-Aid Bandit =-.

  9. CalicoCrazy

    September 10, 2009 2:52 pm

    I’m not so great a recognizing people across the room, except for my child who I can pick out of any crowd (thank goodness).
    .-= CalicoCrazy´s last blog ..Thursday Thirteen #6 – My 13 C’s =-.

  10. Celticlibrarian

    September 10, 2009 4:06 pm

    Well, I have a couple of friends that I can recognize by the way their bodies move when they’re walking. Otherwise, hair, shoulders, what-have-you. Depends upon the person. Your list works for me.
    .-= Celticlibrarian´s last blog ..13 More Detectives/13 More Authors =-.

  11. Debbie

    September 10, 2009 9:48 pm

    Great post – thought provoking. I can often identify family members from behind and at a distance but more than once have discovered, upon closer proximity, that it was a different family member (ie. my brother-in-law not my husband or a different nephew than I’d thought).
    .-= Debbie´s last blog ..Thursday 13 – Totally Random =-.

  12. Julia Smith

    September 10, 2009 11:11 pm

    I agree with Brenda ND – it’s the ‘ invisible connection pulling taut.’ Sometimes I recognize someone across the room and start reacting to their presence before I’ve mentally processed who it is.
    .-= Julia Smith´s last blog ..Thursday Thirteen – 123 – 13 Reasons to Read the In David’s House Collection by Jennifer Leeland =-.

  13. Darla

    September 12, 2009 12:31 pm

    I think a lot of those are just subconscious. I suspect that if I tried to identify someone by their body language, I’d fail miserably, but I know I do it all the time without thinking about it because I very often recognize people before I see their faces.

    Maybe if I consciously tried to notice those things about people…
    .-= Darla´s last blog ..Weekend Update =-.

  14. J-Dawg's Realm

    September 15, 2009 9:17 pm

    Hi Susan
    I havent stopped by in awhile – funny how IRL gets in the way of my cyber-activities LOL 🙂 Hope you are doing well…will visit again soon to catch up on some overdue reading.
    .-= J-Dawg’s Realm´s last blog ..Prayer circle request =-.

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