I was sixteen years old when I received the most memorable compliment to date.
Personally, I think it was one of the nicest things anyone has ever said to me, even if I often look back at it as a joke. Not because it was a joke, but because it was so sincere as well as very inaccurate.
One of my friends from high school, Kendall, invited a bunch of us to her sweet sixteen at the Mediterranean Manor. All of our friends took up about two tables, so we figured out a way to split us up. I was sitting next to one of my more quiet friends, Andrea, when another kid, Josh, walked up to the table.
Josh and I weren’t close friends, but we were friends with the same people, and talked to each other every once in a while. He stood across from me and Andrea, and said, “Amanda, you have the most beautiful blue eyes I’ve ever seen.”
I don’t think that have ever been more flattered or confused in my life.
I am well aware that my eyes are brown; they always have been, that kind of thing doesn’t change overnight. I remember not knowing exactly how to break the news to Josh, but I tried, without sounding too condescending, something along the lines of:
“Um, thank you, but Josh, I have brown eyes.”
But then something clicked, and my body and mouth did this thing where it doesn’t stop exactly where I wanted it to. I grabbed Andrea’s face, tilted it up at Josh, and continued:
“These are blue eyes. I don’t have this.”
Yeah, I don’t take compliments very well.
As nice and as genuine as his gesture was back then, I still think about that moment in time as a funny little exchange. I mean, how can I not? Someone was trying to be nice to me, and I basically turned it into a joke.
What’s funny is that I’m almost positive that nobody else would remember that exchange if I asked. It’s just a random memory for me to look back and both laugh and cringe at. I wish I knew what was going on in my head in between the time of Josh telling me that I had The Most Beautiful Blue Eyes and me grabbing Andrea’s head to show him actual blue eyes.
I am, sometimes, a problem that needs to be solved.
Prompt: What is the best compliment you’ve ever received?