Friday, August 20, 2010

on mortality....

... I had a gentleman compliment my eyes, noting how they "crinkled" in the corners when I laugh.



Art; Balthasar Denner C.1685 - 1749

7 comments:

Elisabeth said...

Although it doesn't seem like it right this minute, that IS a good thing, my dear. Somewhat akin to my children, older than yours, referring to me in conversation with their friends as "venerable"...

Take it as the laughably awkward compliment it is: men can be very odd when they are trying to be sweet. It doesn't always come naturally, but it is best to take these things in the spirit in which they are offered and read nothing into them!

Karen said...

I wouldn't be offended by it. At 32 I can see the crow's feet forming. My mom always made mean remarks about women who had them and I came to realize that it was the women who smiled and laughed the most who had them. If crows feet are the side effect of happiness I'll take it. I'd suppose the gentleman recognized that you have seen enough joy in you life to have merited an outward sign of it. Now if he told you had angry frown marks that would be a totally different story.

s-p said...

When a man compliments you, even if it is an awkward one for you, take it as a compliment. He was obviously taken by something about you.

Rick said...

Apply cucumbers on them.

doughboy said...

what a great compliment. women aging naturally is a graceful, beautiful thing.

The Crescat said...

Oh, I know. I wasn't complaining. I just thought it was an appropriate comment especially since I was feeling particularly vain at the moment.

Anthony S. "Tony" Layne said...

A person whose eyes crinkle when s/he laughs is using the whole of their face to express honest emotion, unlike the smile that goes no further than the lips. It is a compliment!