Katja and Ole
"I have been observing you for a few minutes. I think you guys are the sweetest couple!"
How did they react?
Laughed, said thank you. And: In 98 compliments Katja was the first person to turn red which I thought was the cutest reaction ever! I can't think of a better way to prove she let the compliment move her. Thanks for that, Katja! I felt honored.
How did I feel?/What is the story?
Sometimes I find a thousand words for why I decide to compliment someone. And sometimes I don't. These two are of the latter kind. It's not that they didn't impress me - they did, a lot- instead it was an overall thing, their vibe, their radiance I complimented rather than one particular characteristic.
They were sunny together. Ole kept saying how weak and sick he felt and Katja responded in the most lighthearted way. She made fun of him, tenderness pouring from her voice. Meanwhile Ole was not actually complaining- or not entirely- for he kept a wink in his eye at all times.
I could tell they live together because they kept asking each other: "Do we need ...? Do we still have...?"- but if I had run into them in a less mundane surrounding- a party, a restaurant, the street even- I would have sworn they had just started dating. They kept joking around and turned grocery shopping into the most fun and nonchalant activity while being completely easy on each other. It was beautiful. As was complimenting: Once more I was too shy at first but then turned around and made myself do it. And once more I was glad I did because I left the supermarket feeling happy and thankful for an uplifting encounter with two amazingly friendly people: Cheerful as they were they had no trouble receiving the compliment and immediately integrated me in their open, bright vibe. We laughed together, then I waved goodbye. Thanks, guys!