I recently spent a glorious Saturday on a friend’s boat. Sunshine, champagne, music and fun. There were six of us – three couples – and the ladies were all sunning ourselves on the back end. Except for the fact that we were purposefully exposing our largest organs to the aging, cancerous rays of the sun, all was right with the world.
One of the girls, a beautiful blonde, glanced at my legs and paid me the following compliment: “Wow, you have such great legs! There are no little veins or bruises or anything.”
And here is how I responded: “Oh my God, are you kidding me?! My legs are covered with spider veins! I’ve tried having them removed but it never works. Here, look. (Point out clump of veins #1 on right calf.) And here! (Point out clump of veins #2 on left inner ankle.) And here and here and here! (Assorted thigh splotches.)”
How obnoxious can a person possibly be? I know we’re all guilty of responding to a compliment on our dress with, “I got it for $8 at Forever 21!” or responding to a positive comment on our hair with, “Ugh, I haven’t showered in two days!” But this was over the top. It was almost as if I had to immediately prove her wrong or else suffer the consequences. Which would be…what exactly? Feeling good about my legs? And how did my response make the other woman feel? Stupid? Embarrassed? Self-conscious?
When’s the last time you accepted a compliment in a gracious, mature way? Have you ever felt compelled to swiftly disprove the compliment-payer? Don’t you dare leave a comment telling me I’m a good writer or I might have to whip out my inner Defense Attorney on you.