“You’re Handsome,” She said.

I kind of find random moments appealing. I’m not talking about random as in unpredictable, but rather random as in “where did that come from?”  As I type this, I suspect I am not really making m point.  I am talking about random as something spontaneous rather than merely unlikely.

I guess I will need today’s Perfect Moment to better illustrate this.

Normally, every summer, we get a large influx of teachers at the school to cope with the demand that seems to grow every year. This year is no different.  In years long past, I often met and tried to befriend these souls who entered when there was little time to train and answer their questions.  Unfortunately, this has not been the case in the last couple of years.  I am not sure why, but I am sure I have made less of an effort to meet people.

While that really hasn’t changed, I did find myself in conversation with these “new” teachers today. One of this interesting group of three is going to be teaching class with me, so I am trying to be supportive.  I  remember what it was like on my first day.  If not for the help of Shauna, I don’t think I would have survived.

During our talk, one made a comment about my lunch. Today, I took a salad.  I mentioned my desire to lose a few pounds rather than wax lyrical about the deliciousness of salads.

That is when the randomness struck. Another of the new teachers said, out of the blue, (hence what I mean about random) and said I was handsome.  She made no mention of the salad.  She made no mention of my weight loss desires.  I really didn’t know where that came from.  I was a bit flabbergasted and merely said “thank you”.

I was receptive, but now I believe I should have returned the compliment.

I did not see her for the rest of the day and was left wondering about her and her compliment. Perhaps it was a dream.


About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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11 Responses to “You’re Handsome,” She said.

  1. Geoff with a G says:

    Was she beautiful?

  2. I love this post!!! I think that simply thanking someone for a compliment is the best response. A lot of us are not good at receiving them 🙂

  3. Sofia says:

    I realized long time ago that compliments can sometimes make things happen like magic. You seem to see the glass half full for the rest of the day. Mark Twain said: “I can live for two months on a good compliment.”

    And yes, as mentioned above by “JustAGirlAndABike”, a simple thank you will suffice.

    • Anthony says:

      It certainly did brighten up my day–any anything that gives me something to write about is also fantastic. Thank you again.

    • Anthony says:

      I just wanted to say thank you for the chocolate and your note. It was a very pleasant surprise to come back to work and find it. I wish you all the best on your time abroad. I hope the students, and everyone for that matter, treat you well.
      I also wanted to say thank you for all the positive comments you gave me. I definitely made me feel great, Thank you for being such a lovely person.

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