The man driving behind me.

While applying a color at work on Friday, an older gentleman walked up behind me and asked me in a rather serious tone, “Suzanna, can I speak with you for a minute?”

Me, “Yeah?”

He paused.

I wondered.

He paused some more.

Uhhh… Does he need to speak to me in private?  Like, do I need to step away for a sec?

I felt nervous.

He continued, “I wanted you to know that I was behind you when you were driving in today.”

Oh crap.

He paused.

More nerves.

I know that I was definitely singing.  Anything could have happened.  What did I DO?

He continued, “I just wanted to tell you that you

( – and this part felt like it took an eternity to come out – and I think I was holding my breath – and not just because of the chemical fumes -)

“…that you are one of the better drivers around here.”

What?!  AWESOME!

Him, “At every turn you used your signal.”

Me, “I know!  I feel very strongly about the blinker!”

He and I went back and forth as I was utterly beaming from ear to ear.  Sure didn’t see that one coming!  Wow!  Go ahead and surprise someone today with an unexpected compliment.  It feels delightful.  And do try and pause for dramatic effect.  The suspense is key.


  1. July 1, 2013

    Your driving: Excellent. Him taking time to compliment: Stellar! As they say, ‘One good turn deserves another.’

    • July 1, 2013

      you mean “one good Turn signal” don’t you? 🙂

  2. July 1, 2013
    Joan Dedman

    Wonderful! Kudos to you!

  3. July 1, 2013

    it’s those completely unexpecetd compliments that add a little extra joy to the day.

  4. July 1, 2013
    Aunt Manny

    Ha! Pause for torture. pfft….. lol

  5. July 1, 2013

    random compliments for the WIN!

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