My favorite thing to do in this column every week is to wish a happy birthday to my friends. This week is no exception!
July 11 - Leslie Morgan, Lester Laminack, Andy Kirkland, Keith Fleming, Brittany Payne and Logan Stewart. July 12 - Donita Dennis, Kensey Johnson, Lauren Smith, Parker Freeman and Meredith Crowson. July 13 - Jill Benefield, Quinton Prothro, Roberta Bennett, James Monroe and Joe Lathers. July 14 - Kari Payne, Cindy Barker, Carrie Hyatt, Tommy Taylor, Amanda Easterwood, Jennifer Roberts, Drew Bowman, Michelle Perkins, Lela Shelton and Rily Jackson. June 15 - Brittany Cobb, Jane Coggins and Jamison Shelton. June 16 - John Coggins, Johnathan McMichael, Donna Thompson, Paige Robinson, Glea Sarrell, Meredith Payne, Lance Folsom and Annie Belle Clemons. June 17 - Erica Adams, Michael Easley and Leslie Salter.
There was only one anniversary couple’s name turned in to me this week. I hope this is a special day for them.
July 12 - Nickie and Heather Watson.
Another special part of my job is to bring you good news. Charles Laminack has asked to be removed from our Sunshine List and that is really good news. He is doing much better and that makes us all happy. Please keep the following friends in your hearts and prayers.
Andrea Wise Smith, Jimmie Nell Vise, Sherry Brown, Glenn Shortt, Mildred Hollis, Betty Lee, James-Riley Kent, Kerry Smith, Malene Bowen, Terry Benefield, Kathy Jacks, Glenn Berry, Sara Noland, Ken Sanders, Rider Bearden, Gearld Brown, Jackie Stovall and Merrill Hayes.
You Said WHAT?
I ran into a high school friend the other day. She and I were two grades apart in school. She was the younger! We had not seen one another for over thirty years. It just so happened that she caught me on a good day. But that, I mean I was dressed pretty decently (no sweat pants and tee shirt) and I had used a curling iron on my hair. After the usual catch-up chit-chat, my friend stopped and starred at me for a few seconds and said, Suzanne, you look pretty good (inflate my ego balloon) for someone who is over six and half decades old (deflate the same balloon). See you later! Take care!” I responded with, “Good to see you as well.” Now I am standing there in this parking lot trying to remember what you call THAT. Then I remembered ... It was known as a “backhanded compliment.” It starts out well with a little flattering and then it is followed up with BAM ... a cruel punch. I remember another “so called” compliment given to me about ten years ago. A well meaning individual (standing in front of me at a funeral) commented to me after a congregational hymn, “Oh, its you behind me! It sounded like a man! Needless to say, I have never been recruited as a choir member.
When I arrived at my destination of the say, there was a large group of women with whom I was able to share my story. They received a good laugh out of my experience and began to make me feel better by sharing some similar backhanded compliments they had received. Here are a few of their standouts:
1. I don’t care what anyone else says, I think you are smart.
2. You are so much nicer than you look.
3. I love that jacket! I didn’t know they made that style anymore.
4. (My favorite of the day). You don’t seat much for a fat lady!
Until next week…remember…It takes a lot less time to do the right thing than it does to explain why you did the wrong thing.
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