Today I stopped at a gas station to pick up something to drink. As I stood in line to pay, I noticed the cashier staring at me. It was a little disconcerting after awhile but I’m a fairly friendly soul so I smiled a greeting to him. As I stopped up to pay, the gentleman said something to me but it was just out of earshot for me. I can’t hear out of one ear so this isn’t unusual – my coping technique over the years isn’t the smartest method but it has mostly worked for me. I nod and pretend I have heard whatever was said. I don’t need you to explain how bad this could be – one should never agree to something without hearing the details but my method reduces frustration on both sides.
So he says something to me and I nod and smile at him. He isn’t fooled. He actually asks if I heard what he said and I ‘fess up. So he repeats himself. He says, “you are very pretty”. Ah – I’m glad he made sure I was hearing him properly. I accept all compliments gratefully! Now I give a real smile and thank him. Nothing like an unsolicited compliment to really put a shine on the day! He kept staring and then he said “you are so beautiful”. OK – I’m glad to have run into a guy with such a discerning eye. It is funny how a compliment can make you feel pretty no matter how you are actually looking. I then pay and am about to leave when he says “I wish I could have seen you when you were young”. Doh! I gave a quiet moment of thanks to the powers that be to make sure I stay humble…….