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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

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
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.

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