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Hey, hi, hello! by Bonka-chan Hey, hi, hello! by Bonka-chan
I went to Malibu Beach today and saw a guy with the most unique looking body structure.

He was going around on a skimboard and was there with his family (quite a few of them and also lovely) next to our spot. Actually I'm pretty sure it was pectus excavatum ([link] that he had though. His chest had a large cavity and his rib cage jutted out quite a bit at the bottom and was highly defined as well as his spine and the sinews in his back, spreading through his wide shoulders and arms and wow I thought he looked beautiful.
So I eventually I got the guts and and went up to tell him that randomly.
I just walked up close to the water where he was and got his attention:

"Hey, hi, hello!”

He noticed me there and came over with a friendly, curious smile.
“I just wanted to say you have such a beautiful and unique bone structure and I love it."
He got kind of flustered but grinned extremely wide, "Oh, well, thank you!"
"I just really felt I should mention it cuz ahh it looks so fantastic." I gestured to his everything dramatically.
He points to his chest cavity, "Is it because of this?"
Clearly, it’s a feature of his that is prone to bringing conversation on occasion.

"Hmm, well, partly. I just think you look great all over. All of them are so well defined and lovely. You just look great."

He blushes again and can't stop smiling as he looks away shyly and shuffles gripping his skimboard, "Well, thanks. haha"

I begin to walk further away as I shrug and continue to make dramatic hand gestures, "I'm an artist so... I really like seeing different body structures like that and I just get excited when I see it. Sorry if this is kind of weird and out of nowhere."

"No, no, it's fine! Thank you very much~"

And we parted was and I got my pants soaked by an unexpected wave and screeched in exclamation.
A mild success for another human interaction. Sort of. Close enough.

I don't really know anything he might be going through personally whether it's psychologically or medically, but I really hope I brightened his day at least a bit with my words. I do worry for anything he might be going through with that since I guess it's normally seen as a deformity?? It hardly crossed my mind at the time and I hope I didn't come off as insensitive...

But he was smiling a lot and I caught him looking at his chest a few times that day like a cutie before he left (not too much after I did that his family packed up). So I can hope for the best at least.
Also I think it might have been his grandma that was using sign language but I just loved watching them interact. She was collecting bunches of seaweed for some reason but she was just smiling so much and I couldn't help but smile too watching them all. His whole family was just wonderful to watch and really cute shucks. Ahhhh I love people watching~ It’s so inspiring for me.

In summary: I had a ton of fun while I was there and I'm glad I went today and talked to him and saw all the pretty, lovely things ~ UvU
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SosinSoup Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always come back to this deviation in my spare time and just love reading how it went that day; how you were able to make someone feel good about themselves for being different and this human interaction is something I wish I saw more often! So thank you for putting this up because this is just one of my favs ever asdfghjkl' ok I'll get out now
Bonka-chan Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
hhhh I'm really glad to hear that at least. :')
SilverSongAlchemist Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wouldn't it be amazing if he was actually a follower of yours and saw this?
Bonka-chan Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It would. :love:
MentalcaseVole Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

I love this story, it's really... faith-restoring. Yes.

Wish I could, y'know, interact face to face with human life forms, but alas, I do not possess such a gift. You're lucky!
Bonka-chan Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Aww I'm glad. But honestly I can be really awkward around people too. In fact, most cases I am and kind of shy away or get really anxious in social settings and freeze up on myself. It's more like some days I just luck out and dare to even start conversations like this time. haha...
MentalcaseVole Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hee hee ^_^ Absolutely know what you mean, I can have the occasional good day. Very occasionally. But it's great when one can muster up the courage to converse, especially with complete strangers! 
Wooded-Wolf Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
I actually have the condition but it's more the fact that it's assymetrical that makes me self conscious about it. People tend to say it looks fine but it can still be unnerving having a bare chest in public. From a medical point of view, I'm lucky that it hasn't caused any problems but in cases where it's severe it can compromise lung and other functions.
MakingAshes11 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
That story <3
ILoveEverythingART Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Student Writer
I love this.

sweetsrmything Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
My brother has this type of chest. His is quite a bit more severe though. To the point he can actually fit a cereal bowl in the indent. Unfortunately it does have some bad side effects depending on how bad it is. My brothers actually going to have to get his ribs brought out a bit because its too extreme and putting pressure on his heart.
ScourgeandSonic305 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aawww xD
GIANTGIRL Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thats really sweet of you to acknowledge you liked his body type. Even if it didnt cross your mind at first that many people would (sadly) think the opposite. You must have made his day!
tugaMaggie Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Student General Artist
crIES still in love with this story ;v;
SteeKira Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student General Artist
I know a guy like that from church. I think he got stabbed while sledding as a kid. I think he had to go get it fixed because the indent was causing him heart and breathing problems. But yeah, he was a pretty cool guy. I love looking at unique body structures. :) I think instead of being insecure, we should really just celebrate how beautiful we are.
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
You've been featured: [link]
Bonka-chan Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, thank you! :D
amazing-ninga Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know how you feel. Sort of. I've got a friend whose ears are cool looking and I've always wanted to draw them. The tops of her ears don't bend over and instead stick up like an elf.
KohakuBlah Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I searched pectus excavatum on google images and got a picture of a guy eating cereal out of another guy's really indented chest. Besides that fun, I thought that was the cutest story ever.
iSpazzyKitty Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
AWWWWWWWW!! *dies* I can't- this is just wonderful! Bonka, I adore your personality, seriously! That was the coolest thing I've ever heard of someone doing! And I, too, really hope he took it as a compliment from an awesome artist who may draw him afterwards. :aww: I'm usually pretty nervous like that, but every once in awhile, I sort of make random weird compliments, too. Hehe, I gotta start doing that more, ohmyglob! That story actually triggered my feels! :love:
EweLamb-Lover Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
awwww!! He and his family sounded adorable! I'm so glad that you said something like that! It was so sweet! UuU he sounds so adorable!
ReginaZelfiXD Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
OhMhaiGosh Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. That story was wonderful.
FluffyTerrorist Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
One of my old friends has this. And I'm sure you brightened his day.
nekomaniac13 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
God damn I ship it.
Trelela Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so adorable!
excellere Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Very adorable interaction!
SilverSongAlchemist Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is pretty killer.
baboonette Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
also possibly pectus carinatum if it flared outwards? Too cute, I'm sure you made his day, I'm glad I'm not the only one who likes to weirdly compliment people and gesticulate and make odd noises while doing it. Sometimes the love is just too much to express in words :)
JoeDeLaSelva Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
That's such a great story. People should be braver like this. And giving the "artist's interest" reason to speak to a stranger seems like a rather good idea! He's definitely feeling better about himself. It's always a boost when a girl talks to you out of the blue.

I have seen people like that, and I'm pretty sure it's not an especially troublesome condition. He WAS skimboarding...

I also love your depiction of the moment. Great stuff!
newbie81093 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
Please get married
MegSyv Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I know for a fact that he will think of you from time to time, and the thought will make him smile. You just made a treasured memory for him!
ApolloSol Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Student General Artist
i wish i had the guts to just walk up to somebody i didnt know and just talk to them ^.^;
its a very lovely drawing, very well drawn! :D
keep up the good work :D
WayToBeWhelmed Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Student General Artist
cutest story ever XD
OmniTilly Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
*pats your head* More people need to have the guts to do what you did. You are wonderful! Yay you!
Quilted-illusions Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Student Artist
I'm glad you went up and told him what you thought! Every one needs to be told how beautiful they are once and awhile!
Crimson-FireCat Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aaaaah omg what a bunch of cuties (including ze bonka)
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
I love how the colors convey the feeling of heat and surf spray!
ArcticThunder7 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This story really made me smile. That was really sweet of you. I would totally do the same, man. I always love seeing unique features in people. My very good friend has a rib cage that juts out oddly. He's pretty insecure about it but there's nothing at all wrong with it and I always let him know that. <3 I love the picture! It's so adorable~
isonmad Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Student Photographer
sssssssssssssssssooooooooooooooooooooooooooo CUTE!!~ I love it! *Squeels on the endside*
red-winged-angel Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Adorable! <3
pikacutie25 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
There needs to be a like button because THIS. IS. ADORABLE!!!!!!
BarraKuDuh Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bone structures are great, aren't they?
Skillet747 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Bonka, I love you. It just makes me happy that somewhere out there, you're alive and just being you.
Please don't ever ever change.
megers67 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
delinquentmiley Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Student General Artist
the most adorable thing ever!
delinquentmiley Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Student General Artist
I love meeting people, regardless of what they look like.

I'm Autistic and people often say I'm weird because of it, but I don't ever let that hurt me anymore. I like meeting people that are different, just like me. They could have pectus excavatum or an amputated arm for all I care and they will still be beautiful or handsome.

as an amateur artist, I love to experiment with different bodies, and I try to add in different shapes and sizes to help me learn more.
MomoChanxX Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Crysae Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
aaa cute ` v `!!!!
pastelknees Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
that is the most adorable meeting ANYONE could EVER have...
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