2012-01-18

Compliments From Weirdos

My husband isn't one for compliments.  He never has been.  I will admit, whenever I put an extra effort into my appearance, he'll always acknowledge my efforts and tell me I look nice. 

"You look nice," he'll say.  Nice.  His complete repertoire of compliments consists of only one adjective - nice.  Over 20 years of marriage all I've ever gotten out of him is a "you look nice".  It's the same compliment I used to give the little old ladies in the nursing home after I'd brush out their roller-set curls each morning.  "There. You look nice." Nice!  

Don't get me wrong, my husband's a great guy who cares about my happiness and if I were to tell him how I feel, I'm sure he would try harder.  The thing is, though I may not be a super confident woman, I am a proud one and I'm not about to go fishing for compliments.  Besides, if I were to tell him what to say, then it really wouldn't count, would it?

So...when I tell you that several guys (all claiming to be American servicemen for some odd reason) have recently contacted me through Skype asking if they could get to know me better, perhaps you'll understand why I found it flattering.  I have no personal information on my Skype profile except for a photo, and obviously these guys found me attractive enough to want to "get to know me better".  One even wrote that I had beautiful eyes and a distinctly sensual mouth.

While I will NOT be adding these fellows to my contact list, I will admit that compliments like these to a 46-year-old woman whose only ever been told she looks "nice" are like water to a camel. I lapped it up.

Now, while I might be too proud to fish for compliments from my husband, I'm not above using my feminine wiles to get a spark of jealous possessiveness out of him.

"It's strange," I said to him the other night, "but several American servicemen have contacted me on Skype asking if they could get to know me better.  They must have liked my photo."

To which my husband replied, "Well, there's a whole world of weirdos out there."

Sigh...  It's a good thing the guy excels in other areas!

17 comments:

  1. Oh, that is too funny! Sounds a bit like my husband. I received a over-the-top gushy, kinda sexy letter a few years ago from an inmate in San Quentin. (Swell, huh?) Didn't know the guy from Adam, but he saw my picture and contact info in an amateur radio magazine. So he contacted me. Wanted me to be his penpal while he was in, and to hook up with him when he got out. (Oh, and the guy was almost 40 years younger than I am, too.)I handed my husband the letter to read, and after he finished, all he wanted to know is if I was gonna write the weirdo back. (NOT!)

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  2. Oh, that's SO funny! And makes me want to join Skype. I need more hilarious servicemen stories!

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    1. Do you think they were really servicemen? I'm unsure about that - especially when one claimed to be a certain General who just happens to be in charge of the Afghan mission!

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  3. Funny! Maybe what you should do is everytime he uses the word 'nice' as a compliment, interpret it as a different adjective. So he says, "You look nice" and you say, "Thanks, I'm glad you think I look drop-dead gorgeous in this outfit." He might get the hint to up his repertoire of adjectives to describe his wife. But really, I can't remember the last time my husband paid me a compliment, even 'nice'. He shows his appreciation for me in other ways so it doesn't bother me.

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    1. Oh! I can just picture the eye-rolling if I were to try that! But you're right, "nice" is still a compliment - a lame compliment - but still a compliment.

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  4. Funny! I remember a similar incident with my mom. My dad isn't great with compliments and that kind of irks my mom sometimes. So at my sisters wedding, when my mom dressed and all and got compliments on how no one believed she was the mom; all my dad could say was ... nothing! So, my mom finally "hit back" saying this "complimenting me always reminds your dad about how he married someone so much out of his league" ;)

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    1. Your mom sounds great! Did you dad wise up?

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  5. First of all, LOVE what you've done with the place. It really is the "cutest blog." I really don't know what to say about hubby's limited vocabulary. Maybe show him this blog post?

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  6. Hah. Oh man.. I'm bad at compliments too, and the men I've been with have always been good at them. So thats one thing I'm trying to do this year, give compliments that I mean, not just think them in my mind.

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    1. I've always been far more comfortably giving compliments than receiving them. So that's one of the things I'm trying to do this year - receive a compliment graciously without diminishing it or denying it.

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  7. ha ha ha! That's a good one! Maybe you could convince your hubby to go as far as "very" nice.

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    1. "Very" nice! Now that's good advice - best to keep my expectations low! ;)

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  8. some men just don't get it. my own spouse that this was hilarious. I suspect he's just glad this was not a post I wrote about him.

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    1. Men! lol The truth is, I intended this piece to be more of a humorous account of my own need for compliments than my husband's inability to give them. So...it's okay your husband found this hilarious. That was my intent :)

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  9. Heh! I wonder as I was reading

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    1. Sorry! Mobile error!
      I wondered as I was reading if my husband had a long lost brother.

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