How Do We Say Thank You

8 Aug

“I love that jacket!”

Oh, thanks. It too could be yours for $10 at Le Tar-jay.

“You are just so bubbly! I love it!”

Heh heh. It’s probably the wine. Or the cocktails. Or you are crazy. One of those.

“You look so great!”

Me?! I’m a hot mess. A hot, stinky garbage mess.

See a pattern here?

Me + compliments = evade, duck, dodge, bob and weave, otherwise do anything and everything to avoid actually accepting said compliment.

For some reason, I’m guessing that some planets aligned or some shit, but everyone and their mother have been doling out the compliments like they are free condoms at Planned Parenthood.

I’ll take the cherry flavored, please.

And what’s my response?

“Uh. Um. Wow, what’s that over there?! It’s a cloud shaped like Mr. Snufflupagus in drag! Let’s change the subject, Yay!”

No matter who, what or where, I am totally convinced that the complimentee is, at best, indulging me and, at worst, making fun of me.

I mean, why would anyone compliment me? I’ve seen myself in the mirror. The empty floppy milk sacks. The jacked (and I mean JACKED) stomach…

That’s a post – and a surgery – for another day.

What is wrong with me? Are you this way, too? Please say yes so I don’t feel so broken.

And how, dear God HOW, do I learn how to say Thank You?

Song title: How Do We Say Thank You by Max Lucado

3 Responses to “How Do We Say Thank You”

  1. sissy2mom2bee August 8, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    You know I am the same…. Here are a couple I hope you accept: You give good sleepovers, you have an incredibly vulgar mouth (yes, it’s a compliment), you are an incredibly generous, loving sister and friend.


  2. Heather August 8, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    Oh yeah, totally the same way. Sad, but true. It’s even hard for me to take a compliment from my husband, who in the past five years has at least taught me to say thank you before rolling my eyes and giving him ‘the look’ that says, “Don’t lie, I know I’m a hot mess.”

  3. Rachael August 8, 2011 at 11:02 pm #

    I think a lot of people do that – especially women. Just keep it simple – say ‘Thanks’ and resist the urge to add anything else. It can be hard at first, but you’ll get used to it!

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