I read this article from Esquire today, which was linked from my favorite site of the year to date, Longform. Longform means I'm way behind on my book larnin', but that time is offset by plenty of informative and engrossing articles that I can read on the train or when I have a few minutes, just me and my phone (read: expelling waste). Anyway, yeah, the article is a short read, so do that. It's about the non-adventure of a guy learning to compliment strangers. Some are awkward, some are funny, some are touching. Just like compliments in the real world.
As I mentioned in the previous RRRR, I recently was in Vegas for a friend's wedding, and gave a short speech at the reception, as is appropriate and expected. Of course, it was overflowing with compliments in every direction, but ones that were true and heartfelt. That was to be expected, of course; those of you that know me know I can be a total sap when the situation allows. What I did not expect was the reaction from some of the attendees. I got a ton of compliments myself, afterward, at various points in the evening. I wasn't sure if I had done well, but the handshakes confirmed it. Mostly, though, I was touched by the comments given to me by the father of the bride; being the dad, I could imagine he would be pretty nervous about the whole ordeal, despite not showing it. Nonetheless, I feel like I had made him maybe a bit more settled in with the idea of my friend marrying his daughter. That may sound brash or arrogant, but that's how I received it. And it was a great feeling.
So use this RRRR starter as a place to share the best compliments given or received, eh?
Also, for your entertainment, a cat watching Slayer.