Enough With The Compliments!
“Look at you…The Tap Dance Kid!” I was at the market and saw a little boy wearing shiny shoes, with silver metal, at the toe and heel. “These aren’t tap shoes!” “…uhm…uhm…” was all I could muster to say. The little boy ran yelling to his mother, “M-a-a-a-a…I told you these shoes are u-g-a-l-l-y-y-!
The shoes would not have been u-g-a-l-l-y-y as he exclaimed, had they been tap shoes, but since they weren't...I silently agreed, and pushed my shopping cart real fast to get away.
It was funny…I mean real funny; certainly not to the little boy though. I hoped that I didn’t run into the little boy or his mother again; I could only imagine him rolling his eyes at me, and then a can of string beans hurling through the air, and knock’n my glasses off!
While I thought it was funny, I still felt bad for the attention the little boy received because of me. I rationalized that it’s only partially my fault; equal fault belongs to the mother for buying the ugly shoes, and the designer for making them…I felt somewhat better.
Before I left the store, I thought I would redeem myself, by paying a compliment to someone who I could clearly discern between what is…and what ain’t. So, I finished shopping, and moseyed my way to the checkout.
There is a man standing in the checkout to the right of me; he wore a pair of nice leather gloves. I proceeded with caution, given that I may have scarred a little boy for life, and just as the words “I like…” lulled from my tongue, I realized that he wasn’t wearing gloves after all!
Because I can think quickly on my feet…most times; I was able to turn “I like…” into “I like this market, don’t you?” He replied that he did, although he looked at me rather strange. I needed to get out of that market real fast, AND I needed to keep my mouth shut, unless I was asked if I wanted paper or plastic!
I love chatting it up with folk, striking up a conversation, and being the person who others strike a conversation with. I love compliments; I love extending them, and certainly receiving them. Obviously I have a problem, when it comes to extending compliments based on a visual appearance.
Perhaps I am the only person that this happens to…I’m unsure. I am however going to be careful and extend compliments on someone’s style of dress or physical appearance, when I am absolutely certain that it is what it is. I don’t know yet how I’ll be certain, so until then…I'm keeping my mouth shut!
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