Gumtree and Shirley

“You are soo beautiful.”

Those were the first words she uttered. Not hi or hello.  She looked at me for a brief moment with a genuine smile on her face. It was a sincere compliment, no doubt. It was quite strange but in a good way, of course.

“Hi, I’m Shirley. How do you do?”

We shook hands and I couldn’t help but smile because I was at awe. I was still trying to process what she had said. It was very unexpected and random, to be honest. My brother and I picked up a  gorgeous solid, hardwood table from her house after seeing an advertisement on Gumtree.

The table did not fit in the car. Well, it took a long time before we figured out how to make it fit in the car. Judging from her accent, Shirley is probably British and from her wedding ring, it’s safe to assume that she’s either married or widowed.

“Your mum is so lucky to have both of you.”

“Oh, we’re lucky to have her!”

I wanted to know more about her and her life but I think I’ve covered the basics. Shirley has a calm, gentle nature – a sincere, polite woman probably in her late fifties. She is a beautiful soul. That’s all I needed to know.

What’s the best random compliment you received from a stranger?


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