Wednesday, August 25, 2010

I'm not sure if this was a compliment

I was in the grocery store today, standing at the deli counter, when I notice a nice, elderly gentleman standing off to my right, smiling at me. I smiled back and gave a little head-nod his way. He's about 82 years old, with a crisp white button down shirt, two pens in the front pocket and creased, grey trousers. Moments later, he's shuffling in my general direction, clasping his pint of potato salad in both hands. I cast around briefly, figuring perhaps I'm impeding his quest for Kaiser Rolls when it dawns on me that he intends to talk to me.

Still smiling, he says, "I saw you as you walked over here to get your deli ticket, then you walked back to the vegetables, then back here again. And I must say, although you've probably heard it a lot of times, you have quite a nice pair of legs." Oh, thank you...wait, WHAT? I laughed. What else can I do? My legs are being assessed by Mr. Magoo. Okay, it was kinda nice to hear...weird, but nice to hear anyhow.

P.S. I haven't heard that since 1986, when Mike Sherman in my High School used to call me Legs.


Daisy said...

Hey, as awkward as it would have been, I would haven't taken that compliment by Mr. Magoo. LOL. The guy may be 80 but he isn't dead.

The Borcherding Family said...


Just getting caught up on your blog posts. Love this post! I can just see your face as it is happening to you. Take it as a compliment. And BTW, he can only get away with this because he is in his 80s! P.S. I'm stealing some of your book choices too. I loved Mr. Darcy's Diary. I also need to pick your brain about your history curriculum someday too.

Danielle said...

@Daisey: Ha, ha! Yeah, that's what my husband said, "So what if he's old. He's still a guy!"
@Borcherding: Yeah, why not - I'll take a compliment, who cares if he's an old dude? :) I'm glad you liked Mr. Darcy's Diary. As soon as my college starts, I suspect my reading list will evaporate! I can show you our history materials whenever. I'm really pretty happy with History Odyssey.

Betty Marie said...

Thank you for that delightful laugh! Lovely blog and beautiful pictures... found you from twtm and hope you will visit me, too.

Danielle said...

Cindy - OH my gosh! I'm so sorry I accidentally rejected your comment! It was not intended; my mouse moved ever so slightly as I meant to click "publish" and accidentally clicked "reject". Big goof, and I don't see any way I can retrieve it now. Thanks so much for you comment.

Cindy said...

:) No problem! I'll be a regular here, anyway. Keep that delete key warm. Ha!