Funny how a compliment can make your entire day, especially when it comes from a stranger. And I guess that when people are on vacation, they have are even more “complimentary”?
A few months ago…
I’m getting myself coffee from the dispenser in the Horizon Court buffet area when a teenage girl standing next to me says, “Ooo, I love your nails. They are soooo pretty.”
I hesitate before smiling and then say thanks. I’ve been doing the same old classic yet boring French manicures since the early 2000s when I decided to start doing a few frivolous girly-girl activities.
There is a woman standing behind me in the tender queue waiting to get back on the ship in Santa Barbara.
“Your skin is flawless. What foundation do you have on?” I tell her that I’m not wearing any. She says, “Wow, you’ve got such beautiful skin.”
I hesitate before smiling and then say thanks.
At the bar in the Piazza, I’m buying two extra coffee cards to cash out my leftover onboard credits (and to use them on a future cruise) when the bartender asks, “Why are you buying two coffee cards? Aren’t you entertainment?” I say no and that I’m not “entertainment”. When I ask him what he means, he says, “I don’t know, you just look like entertainment.”
Still not knowing what he means, I decide to simply take it as a compliment (and as a jump-off to an idea for the upcoming “Angel (Delaney)” fiction piece.
I still find it a bit uncomfortable to accept a compliment but I’m learning to simply say “thanks” and then pay one forward when I have an opportunity to do the same.
What’s the BEST compliment YOU have received?
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