Thursday, January 07, 2010

You're So Vain (sing it like you mean it, Carly)

Don't you just love a really good compliment? I mean, one where it swells your head and you walk around for hours or days thinking....hey I'm pretty....I'm so cool...I'm the best cook ever...I'm the greatest.... You know what I mean. A compliment so great it goes straight to your head (and not in a good way LOL).

Yesterday, while I was working I had an elderly lady tell me that I "was so pretty". I replied by saying "umm, gee thanks - you are too, hun." Then, she just kept going on and on about my coloring, how my fair skin complimented my eye color, how I didn't need lipstick, because my lips were a nice "natural" shade and even my freckles made my face look younger, etc.

I walked out of that room feeling like a million bucks.

I continued about my business of taking my residents to the bathroom, putting them to bed, changing the ones that needed changed, running back and forth down my hall answering a billion call lights, passing my snacks and supplements, etc. totally forgetting all about "the compliment." And when I finally had a free second where no one needed anything I ran to the bathroom. And while I was in there I got to thinking again what that lady had said and my head started to swell again (Hey someone other than my husband or my kids thinks I'm pretty - you know cause your husband and kids have to say that).

And then I looked in the mirror........

----Screams of Horror----

What a sight, er fright I was. My hair was sticking out all over the place. My lips were chapped (how did I forget that?). My mascara had run from the little bit of watering my eyes did. And while I was in there laughing hysterically at myself (silently of course, because what would people think if they heard a hyena in the bathroom), I saw all those little wrinkles that have started to form over the last few years and I thought - "young" looking - my eye!!

I guess beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.....and if that person is really, really old and has bad eyesight.....take what they say with a grain of salt LOL!

I'll leave you now while you still have that song stuck in your head....

you're so vain
you probably think this song is about you
you're so vain.......
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