Tuesday, August 26, 2008


"You are stunningly beautiful."

I look up from the newspaper I'm reading. "What?"

"I said, You're stunningly beautiful," and the man with the cane turns away and walks toward his bus stop.

"Thank you," I say. A minute later I feel like a jerk because I realize I've said "thank you" in a tone that implies I hear that sort of thing all the time. So I give him a reassuring smile as I walk by him.

I hope he didn't think I was rude.


Robin S. said...

Wow. That HAD to feel so damn good.

Congrats to you!

freddie said...

Thank you! It did feel good.

fairyhedgehog said...

Wow! That's brilliant!

writtenwyrdd said...

When someone gives you a compliment like that, there's nothing you can say besides Thank you. I'm sure he took it as intended. But I can understand being nonplussed getting a compliment like that out of the blue. Bound to have made your day, though.

Whirlochre said...

Many years ago, I agreed to be a sandwichboardman on behalf of a friend.

He'd rented an old shop for the first two weeks in December, hoping to sell Christmas trees and kids' bikes.

As I braved the chilly wind, with two flaps of hardboard chafing my flesh to sores that didn't heal till February, a builder cried coarsely from a scaffold, 'you f*cking w*anker!'

I've never looked back.