The other day at work, I checked a guy out who came back after a few more customers (when I had no line) and asked me something about the change machine. I told him that I didn't know whether it was working or not, but they could probably help him at customer service... and then he asked if I spoke Spanish (which was obviously his first language). I said no, sorry, and he asked what my name was, which confused me because it's right there on my name tag, but I told him anyway... then he asked some questions about when I worked, and I told him that I have a very random schedule. I suppose he had worked up his confidence by then, 'cause he asked if I was married, and of course I said yes. He seemed disappointed, but looked me in the eyes and said, "You are very beautiful," with an incredible sincerity, then walked off. I'm usually pretty unaffected by simple compliments, but I felt his honesty and it delighted me. And he obviously wasn't hoping to get anything out of it, he just wanted me to know how he felt. It made me just glowy with happiness -- especially since I was wearing baggy pants and no makeup.
On Christmas Day Ben and I were driving over to his parents' house to feed their animals since they were out of town, and as we drove the lights dimmed and finally turned completely out, and after we got into the neighborhood the car just stopped working -- the alternator had been iffy and it finally just died. I was upset, naturally, because I wanted Christmas to be happy -- but now, looking back, God worked it all out just PERFECTLY. Ben's family was out of town so we were able to use one of their cars all week. The car rolled to a stop in front of an out-of-town neighbor's house, and later on that week Ben used their car to jump-start Sylvia (our car) and drive her up to his parent's house, so that no one would tow it. Later he talked to the mechanics who usually work on our car and they agreed to fix the alternator and let us pay on our next paycheck, using the car now. So we were safe, had sufficient money, had a car the whole time ours wasn't working, and didn't have to pay a towing fee 'cause we were able to jump-start the car. This has been the easiest, most convenient breakdown ever. heh.