"I love your freckles! They are so beautiful!"
How did she react?
"Oh, really? Well, you are the only one to do that.."
How did I feel?
There is a German 80ies song that goes like this: "Ich bin ja so verschossen in deine Sommersprossen." ("I am nuts about your freckles!"). As a child I got that melody a lot even though my freckles are not half as full on as Christa's. I have some around my nose, hers covered her whole face. I thought she looked incredibly unique and beautiful! When I let her know she disagreed. Then she contemplated for a moment and said: "You know what, the only good thing about them is they cover my age marks and no one can tell which one is what!" I shook my head and smiled. "Good point! But not mine. I just think they're really pretty. And I don't consider age marks ugly either." She responded, "Well, thank you!". Then I asked her: "Are you a true Berliner? I dig your accent!" And she said, yes, from Spandau. We chatted for a moment but soon my stop was announced. I got up and said goodbye, thankful once again for a beautiful encounter.