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Have you ever had someone say something about you that surprised you?

Asked by Dutchess_III (43078points) December 18th, 2011

The other day I was doing something….I forget what. My eight-year-old granddaughter asked what I was doing. My daughter said, “Oh, Gramma’s just inventing something again.”
I paused then said, “Do I invent stuff a lot?”
She said, “Yeah!”
I said, “Does it ever work?”
“Sometimes,” she said.
That made me happy for some reason!

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I thought of that exchange because I just realized I was “inventing” a new wreath out of one larger one and one smaller one. : ) And then I have to invent crap to hang on it, because that suffices for our Christmas tree now a days. It goes above the fire place.

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ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I’ve told this story before, but my nephew (who was 4 at the time) told me that I have sunshine in my eyes.
It was spontaneous and sincere, and to this day it is the sweetest compliment I’ve ever received.

ragingloli's avatar

Someone once said I was ‘cool’.
To this day I am convinced that he was lying.

chyna's avatar

A guy that was standing in front of me at the grocery store check out line smiled and said he was making smores. I smiled back and said something like “it sure looks like it and it should be a fun time.”
He paid for his stuff, left and while I was paying for my stuff ran back in and said “I just wanted to tell you that you are pretty.” I didn’t get to thank him because I turned around to see who he was talking to and since I was the only one in line it must’ve been me so when I turned back to thank him, he was gone.

Ayesha's avatar

Yes, and I disagreed. Strongly.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@chyna For some reason that made me think of a time when I answered the phone where I worked at Cellular One. “Cellular One, This is Val!” There was a pause the the guy on the other end said, “My GOD you have a sexy voice!” I was speechless! :)

Neizvestnaya's avatar

A small group of our guys at work were joking around one day, asking each other if a girl would stay with a guy if he had money then lost it, regardless of how nice a person he was. My mgr. pointed at me across the desk and said, “she would, she’s a nice girl”.

TheIntern55's avatar

My youth group had a teambuilding activity where we had our names on top of a sheet of paper and then they got passed around and you would write what you liked about that person on it. All my comments were one of two things: that my socks don’t match, and that I was cute.
The first I strongly agree with. matched socks are for squares. But I had never had anyone tell me I was cute before.
Unfortunatly, it was annoymous who wrote what, so I’ll never know who those were from.

Jeruba's avatar


A friend once said I was one of those people who always know how things are supposed to be. I still have no idea what made her say that, although she tried to explain.

And a fairly new person at work cornered me and asked me if I was really as nice as I seemed. I told her I wasn’t. In fact, I was slightly put out because I’d rather be perceived as spice than as sugar.

Speaking of sugar, a guy I was going out with in my twenties called me saccharine. That astonished me until I found out that he didn’t really know what “saccharine” meant. I don’t think I went out with him again.

O wad some Pow’r the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!

JLeslie's avatar

Many people tell me I am very laid back. The first few times it took me very by surprise, I don’t really see myself that way, or I didn’t. Now I am more accustomed to people saying it. I guess I am about some things. I doubt my husband would describe me that way though. LOL.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Here’s one that really stumps me. As a kid and teen I was always told, _“smile, you never smile, are you sad?” No, I wasn’t sad but my face just showed that. As an adult I’m told I’m always smiling though I’m not aware of it. Some kind karmic twist? I dunno but I’m much more comfortable being perceived as happy, good spirited than afflicted.

janbb's avatar

It surprises me when people say “You are very strong” because I don’t think of myself as a strong person.

woodcutter's avatar

Nope. Got used to the brutal truth a long time ago.

augustlan's avatar

Yes, some good and some not-so-good. Just recently, one of my daughters told me that I sometimes come off a little obnoxious, and possibly even offensive, when writing online. I was totally surprised, but am taking what she said to heart. I’ve asked her to point out specific examples so that I can learn from it. I really don’t want to be that person!

Dutchess_III's avatar

I’ve never seen that @augustlan. But if I do you’ll be the first to know…after I post a question about it!

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