My, what nice eyes you have

Wendy thinks I am strange.  (Well, truth be known, after 10 years together, she has incontrovertible evidence.)  There are many reasons for this.

Perhaps the one that confounds her the most is my aversion to compliments.  More particularly, in person compliments.  I think most of us like knowing that we are appreciated.  And I cannot pretend that I don’t feel good when reading a nice e-mail. 

In person compliments are different.  They make me feel weird inside.  I feel like I just opened a sweater on my seventh birthday.  I appreciate the sentiment, but there is no way I am going to be able to pull off the correct reaction.  Usually, I respond in seven year-old fashion with something clever like, “No, you are. and stuff.” or “Shut up.” 

As well as being made uneasy by compliments, I hate bragging.  Perhaps a few examples are in order.

When someone tells me I am stunning, sure, it is true, but I just don’t know how to react.  I furtive glance is much more appreciated.

Equally, when someone notices my huge biceps, I appreciate it.  I mean, I have but a LOT of work into them.  However, when someone vocalizes the acknowledgment, by (first thing that pops into my head) comparing them to the physique of a greek god, it makes me uncomfortable.

As another random example, when I see someone’s eyes focus on me with a wry smile to acknowledge my keen wit, I return their smile with a semi-wry smile of my own.  But, when they go so far as to articulate that I am Einstein’s peer, I feel it uncouth.

Lastly, when someone compares me to Ghandi... Wait, I think I just went too far.  Scratch that. 

But in all seriousness.  I really am weird about compliments.  Just ask Wendy.

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Salt Lake Utah Lifestyle Photographer
Salt Lake Utah Lifestyle Photographer
Salt Lake Utah Lifestyle Photographer
Salt Lake Utah Lifestyle Photographer
Salt Lake Utah Lifestyle Photographer
Salt Lake Utah Lifestyle Photographer

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