one can compliment another on their child(ren) and it’s perfectly normal and acceptable, yet an adult would be considered totally odd if they complimented a stranger on something besides their behavior? For example, I could tell another mom (a stranger) that she handled a situation I witnessed well “good save” or that her children were adorable , and I’d get a smile and “thank you”. However, if I just went up to a stranger and told him or her that I thought they had say, a nice smile, for no other reason than I thought so, I’d be looked at like I was a freak. If it was a woman she’d probably wonder if I was attracted to women, and if it was a man he’d wonder if I was trying to hit on him. So, why is it that we don’t compliment other adults (strangers) on impressive outward attributes like we do a child? Of course, I’m only talking about people like me here who actually do talk to strangers! Random, I realize. Just something I’ve thought about today…..
Recently I’ve tried to smile at strangers when I’m out more and you know what? I like it! I like it when they smile back and I think “things” always look better when a smile is on your face, especially if it is a reflection of your heart. Of course I always have a barrier of children so I’ll have to see if I still smile at people more when I’m alone, or if my kids give me a sense of security……hum???????