I had a realization today, after I think 5 more occurrences of the same scenario just this afternoon.
The realization is that one of these two things is true: Either my memory is already going at a young age, or I just have 'one of those faces'.
Now I admit upfront that I cannot remember a name to save my life. At youth dances growing up it was routine for me to forget the girl's name before the song ended. "Thanks Jonathan" "Thanks...uh...you?". With that admitted, I do pride myself on the ability to remember a face. Never a name but usually the face.
I have noticed, pretty much ever since the mission and especially since Crystal and I have been back in Provo, that I have been bombarded with comments of "Do I know you? You look so familiar, like really really familiar!" with amazing frequency. I have no memory of ever seeing these people before (which usually means I haven't - usually remember a face), but the sheer number have left me no other option than, either my mind is going, or I just look like everyone's best friend.
I definitely don't mind looking like everyone's friend, it is definitely a very good thing, I just never thought that by looking at myself in the mirror.
Then again, maybe both are true, because my mind hasn't exactly had a perfect record recently