Compliments Complement!

What was the best compliment you’ve received?

As I think about this question, I think there are two compliments that I received in my life that rise to the top. One was said directly to me, and the other I received secondhand.

As an undergrad, I directed a show as a senior project. My mother and aunt attended the show (driving to Philly from York). While waiting for the show to start, my directing supervisor, Dr. West, introduced himself to my mother and said, “He’s doing exactly what he should be doing,” by which he meant directing. He validated my career choice.

Years later, a woman called me handsome. I had never believed that to be true. As a teenager I would look in the mirror and the word “ugly” would come to mind. Yet here was a woman saying the exact opposite. And I didn’t know how to react, except to deflect the compliment. I must say that, after it was repeated by several women, I now acknowledge (and also accept!) the compliment.

Published by stephenschrum

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts; interested in virtual worlds, playwrighting, and filmmaking. Now creating a podcast called "Audio Chimera."

One thought on “Compliments Complement!

  1. I’ve been mistaken for a local in both Argentina and France. Big (indirect) compliment for someone who tries hard not to be an ugly American while traveling!


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