"You spread a gorgeous, friendly, warm vibe! I have been watching you from across the room and couldn't take my eyes off of you. You glowed when your were talking."
How did she react?
When I approached Brigitte she was putting on her coat, ready to leave. I introduced myself and told her she was my compliment candidate. She said, "Wait a second, I have to sit back down. I want to enjoy that."
Her two friends, Edda and Ingrid, cheered, "Brigitte! Can you feel it? It's Christmas time!" We all laughed.
Brigitte was a bit speechless once I had complimented her. Then she said, "thank you, that is so nice of you!"
How did I feel?
Before this happened I had been peeking at Brigitte for about 30 minutes from across the room, my school's eating hall. I saw her explaining something to her friends, gesturing, smiling and -- glowing. That was really what she did. Her face shone like a fireplace full of embers: There was a certain calm and a certain fire. Watching her filled me with life and joy.
When I complimented her I could tell that she really received it, her eyes became soft and wide. It was beautiful. Her friends and she were down for a chat, they told me they lunch in the canteen every Wednesday after class. Class? Yeah, they take part in a senior education program in which they can take a bunch of classes and go on field trips with professors. They seemed amazed, dropped some of the professors names who had impressed them much and told me they have been participating in the program for years. And: Even during summer- and spring break these three graces meet in the canteen once per week and chat. Good for the canteen! I have not been with three ladies who laugh as much, listen as closely and think as sharply in a long while. Our conversation was even more uplifting than just watching Brigitte and them from afar. Thank you, Brigitte, Edda, and Ingrid!