Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Random Thoughts and Coffee Chat

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Summer!  Oh, summer is finally here!  It's been a good school year, but after 28 of them, you could say I'm kind of tired.  Kind of.  Haha!
I don't have any specific plans except our daughter's wedding in a week.  Now, she is my step-daughter, but I have known her since she was 9, and she has lived with us since her dad and I got married when she was 12.  So, you see, she's pretty special to me.  I'm very excited for the big day to get here!  I can only imagine how she feels!

How 'bout them Astros?  We haven't followed MLB in a few years because, frankly, our home team wasn't that great.  But this year?  They are off to a fabulous start!  Their record is 42-16, and they've won the last 11 in a row.  It's good to have a winning team in town again.

And isn't this clever?  Or maybe it's just bizarre... Some 20-something guys in Spokane (who don't live with their fathers) have placed a Craigslist ad looking for a generic dad to come over and grill hamburgers and talk about guy stuff on Father's Day.  Creative, or creepy?

And now, time for Coffee Chat.
Our lovely hostess asks
What is the best compliment you've received lately?

Wow.  We, meaning all people, are often not good at accepting compliments.  Maybe there are some people who don't feel worthy of a compliment.  Perhaps they don't trust the source of the compliment.  How a person reacts to a compliment is often a reflection of their self-esteem.  Compliments make people uncomfortable, at least, sometimes.

I don't remember learning how to accept a compliment when I was a child.  Perhaps I didn't get many.  As an adult, I learned that I should just receive and acknowledge the praise by saying, "Thank you."  It's easier said than done, though.  The tendency is to say something like, "Oh, it's not that great," or "It was nothing." Tonight, for example, our daughter told me she thinks the wreaths I made for the wedding are beautiful. I believe I said, "I'm glad you like them."   Do you think that was an appropriate response?

That's all for now!

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  1. I think that was a perfect response for your daughter - how exciting to have a wedding coming up. Your cartoon really made me chuckle but hopefully we won't be getting any compliments like that in the next week. I'm dreadful at receiving compliments so need to adopt your attitude of saying thankyou.
    Pamela @ Days of Fun

  2. An excellent response, and i like the idea of young men who don't live near their own fathers hosting a dad who might not live near his boys to simply spend some time talking. It could spark a great mentoring relationship.

    Congratulations to your Astros!

  3. Best of luck at your step-daughter's wedding. I wish her all the best. I think that Craigslist ad is pretty darn clever.

  4. That was the perfect response to the compliment from your daughter! And I'm looking forward to seeing pictures of the wreaths...hint, hint! ;)

    So exciting about the impending wedding - and awesome that you're so close to your stepdaughter (you don't strike me as the evil stepmother kind of person...heh!!) Good luck with the hectic days leading up to the wedding - I can't wait to read all about it!

    Not quite sure what to make of that ad - though I do have to agree with Terra, it's pretty darn clever. ;) But I've always been wary of Craigslist because so many whackos use it for evil instead of good. I wonder if that story will have a follow-up - I'd love to know if anyone took them up on their 'dad for a day' request. :)

    Have a great week! Enjoy the summer break - still waiting for our school to get out, but then again we do start 'late' here, after Labor Day instead of August (like we did in PA so we'd be out by Memorial Day). It's a trade-off! :)

  5. I think the ad might not be so creepy sounding IF they did not have their own fathers???? But yeah, they probably are good intentions, but it still sounds a bit weird.

    I think you gave the perfect response! But what you said about us not being taught as children is so true. I remember being told to say "thank you", which I suppose is a simple and genuine enough answer, but it's much nicer to show your appreciation when someone goes out of their way to pay the compliment.


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