What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Miserable Men


Shortly after Beloved and I first got together, she was promoted and put on midnights. A late-night shift would have suited me down to the ground because I am very nearly 100% nocturnal. Beloved, though, struggled. There was a day when we went to a high-end department store. She hates shopping, but I needed something formal and was going to be a while. We had already been at it for a while, so I plunked Beloved in a chair against a wall, surrounded by our bags. Grateful to be sitting (and not shopping), she promptly powered down. Once I’d found what I was looking for, I was making my way back down the center aisle towards her when I realized 1. she was very, VERY soundly asleep, 2. she looked just the teensiest bit homeless, and 3. store security was approaching her from all sides, amidst much gesturing and muttering into walkie talkies. I sped up and chirped at her, “All done! Sorry to leave you sitting so long!” and the mall SWAT team faded away. Whew! That would have been some very awkward explaining.

Today’s adorable thing made me think of that, so I just had to share. This is the Instagram known as Miserable Men, a Public Service. It shows photos of men hanging in stores out waiting for someone, and they made me laugh.

You can see all the Miserable Men (and contribute your own) on Instagram.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

15 thoughts on “Miserable Men

  1. The Century 21 bloke seems like he’s just looked into the abyss. What a fun subject for a “street photography” series. My Mum couldn’t drive for the majority of my childhood so my Dad had to chauffer her on such shopping trips. He was often found in similar “dead inside” poses, though I don’t recall him ever getting comfy enough to fall asleep.

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  2. The question from my husband is always, ‘Do you have much to get?’ No matter the answer, he will sit in the car and wait for me.

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  3. I have clarified for my spouse, numerous times, that if he wants to go with me, fine (I thrift/antique/junk rather than mall, though) but I will not stand for dragging a bored man along with me. Kills the vibe. Please, stay home, I want to be happy.

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  4. My man loved to sit and watch the people. Some of these look staged to me but you never know.

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  5. worst bench ever? try worst man-spreader ever…

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  6. God bless these men. My Greg does not have this kind of patience. He avoids shopping with me at all costs. If he goes shopping with me, he wants to grab the first thing he sees. He would be following me around saying, “Can we go home now? Huh? Huh? Now? Can we go home now?”

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