The three nicest things anyone has ever said to me
From a mom of 4 wild ass monkey boys: “I want a girl just like you in my family.”
From a mom of twins whom I’ve still never met, pre-teens at the time: “I wish my girls could know you.”
From a kindred spirit gal in Louisiana: “I like you. You’re like when little kids want to hold hands with you.”
I’m not writing these things down to toot my own horn. I just want to have a record stating that the nicest compliments don’t have to be romantic – and that parents who associate you with good things when it comes to their children is possibly the highest praise one could ask for.
To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one’s self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived – this is to have succeeded.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson