I have gotten SO MANY compliments lately!
The other day, I was checking out a couple (how you doin'?) and the guy asked his ladyfriend, "Why can't all of the cashiers be as cute and friendly as her?" She said, "I know!" and he told me, "We usually get all the cranky old ladies who hate their jobs." Suddenly the woman looked at me sharply and asked in a very serious tone, "Do you like your job?" I got all flustered, thinking that she was offended that I was friendly-smiley at her guy and was threatening to get me fired. So I stammered, "yes..." with a very perplexed look on my face. He added, "She's serious" and I thought, 'oh shit.' She asked me again and I said yes a little more firmly. Then he explained that she was a manager at Ruby Tuesdays and was looking to steal me from Wal-mart. I laughed and said that I'll take that as a compliment (but I am so not interested in working at a restaurant, and I can't leave Wal-mart right now 'cause I just got back here).
Then later that day, I was picking up some stuff after work, and a stocker pulled out a pallet and headed my way, so I stepped aside. He then pulled the pallet out of my way, and I giggled because for some reason I thought it was funny that I moved out of his way and it turned out to be unneccessary. I gave him the leftovers of my smile as I started to walk by, and he asked "Do you work here?" I said yes, he said, "no way!" I laughed and said yes, and he asked what department. I told him I was a cashier, and he asked when I started -- so I said that I worked here before and then I was gone for five months and now I'm back. He asked why and I gave him the answer I'm temporarily giving everyone -- 'It's a complicated story.' He said, "I'd like to hear it sometime." I just laughed, and he said, "I'll give you a call sometime." I thought, 'is he asking me out?' and said, "nooo......." trying to think of a graceful way to say that I'm married. But then he held out his phone to me! So I just said, "No, I'm married..." And he said, "You are? That's your wedding ring?" (right now I'm wearing a plain silver band 'cause Ben lost his ring and is wearing mine, which fits him better than his did, obviously) I said yes, and he asked, "Are you putting me on?" with a suspicious look. I said "No! my husband works here actually, over in electronics." He asked "What's his name?" and when I told him, he said, "I'll ask him!" I laughed and said okay, then walked on, as he walked in the other direction. That is the ONLY time I have ever been asked for my number. Ever. And had I been unattached, you bet your hienie I'd have given him my number -- he was dark-skinned, handsome, sexy, and he had a very open, respectful demeanor. I was very flattered at his interest.
Yesterday, a hot guy with shoulder-length braids (I find long hair on a guy so sexy) told me I had beautiful eyes, and a very friendly, mentally handicapped girl told me that I was 'so beautiful' -- and I don't think she was capable of lying. What an amazing thing that is, what a blessing she must be to her parents, with her sweetness and honesty. Her dad was with her, and although my heart usally contracts in fear for the handicapped (there's no one more vulnerable, and I know how common abuse is), I felt nothing but purity in their relationship, and it made me so happy.
AND a lady who's known me since I first started working last year came up to me and asked me, "Can I tell you something?" I said sure and she said, "Take this however you want... I think you are so pretty." I said "Thank you!" and she said, "I'm not weird or anything." I agreed and told her that I believe if you think something nice about someone, you should tell them. She said that she had thought that since she first met me, and just wanted to tell me that. I thanked her again and felt so lovely.
Then today! A man told me "You look great" and another man complimented my eyes, and a lady complimented my jewelry and told me that I was beautiful (in a sort of off-hand way, she said the earrings I was wearing looked beautiful on me but then I was beautiful.) She also asked me what I charged to make earrings like that, so I gave her a card and told her to check out my website. She was very enthusiastic. And I gave Maria (a co-worker) a business card yesterday and she came in today and told me (in passing) that she liked the earrings I had on my site.
Good grief that's a lot of compliments for two days! AND I had a lady exclaim to me in the parking lot "You cut your hair!" I was shocked and flattered to be remembered by this stranger, even though I think she was rather appalled that I had cut it short. ;-)