I was shopping at a department store recently (en femme, of course) for a new blouse to go with a pair of slacks I found on sale. There was woman at a rack of clothes not ten feet away from me with a five (?) year old girl in her cart. The girl pointed at me and said something to her mom. I can’t hear that well and don’t speak ‘kid’, but got that sinking feeling of being outed by a kid – and they can be blunt. “Mommy, why is that man wearing women’s clothes?” But the woman turned, looked at me, then replied to the girl “Yes, she IS pretty!” OMG!!! Not only was I relieved but also very pleased. It felt so good to hear that. I blushed, smiled, thanked the girl for the compliment, told her mother what a polite girl she had, and went on my way. I had a smile on my face that wouldn’t let go. I felt like I was glowing and on ‘cloud nine’ the rest of the day.
A couple of months ago I was getting in my car at the local mall’s parking lot (en femme again). A woman that was pulling out of a parking stall two cars away stopped, rolled down her window, told me I was ‘really very pretty’ and then she was gone! Earlier that day, I had been feeling down and decided to go shopping. I felt great the rest of that day and all night.
It just goes to show you what the littlest nice word can do for someone. Because of these and other reasons I try to find things to compliment others on. I know what it can do and it costs so little.