A cute family
"I love your hair cloth! Looks cool. And I think you are a beautiful family!"
How did they react?
"Thank you! That's nice to hear."
How did I feel?
Alright. I saw them during a Sunday afternoon walk. They were four, two boys plus parents. Daddy was wearing the hair cloth- it was huge and covered his complete afro. He'd tied it at his neck. I'd never seen a headband like that one before, the knot was unique and so was the way it made the man look. The boys were cute and mamma was beautiful. I'd seen them earlier along the way, they were having fun with a slackline. Four people, four smiles. Now they were on their way home. No, a picture was not okay. But thanks for the compliment! So just imagine the coolest hairband possible.
I walked further and started wondering what I would take a picture of if I didn't find someone else to compliment and photograph. Usually I easily find one person a day who agrees to a picture- if someone says no I walk for another bit and find somebody else. There is enough beauty out there. But a Sunday in Andernach is a rough one- the town sleeps. And it's already small to begin with.
A few steps after I'd said goodbye to the family it happened: I got complimented by strangers, yee!
"There it is again! We saw your bouquet an hour ago and said to each other: Look at that! It's beautiful."
How did I react?
I smiled. "Yeah, right? I tried creating one out of nothing but weed. And it works! Isn't that cool? "
How did I feel?
Good! It was two elderly ladies talking. They were great. Walking slowly, upright postures, perfect perm and rimless glasses. Their clothes ironed, their expression correct- and 5 loose and open minutes: "Weed, so what!? At home I check the green field and pluck whatever there is. If it's weed it's weed. Who cares, I'll take it and-boom! It's on the table!"
Addition: Thank you, ladies! I did put some effort into this bouquet, walking all over town trying to find the flowers usually considered troublemakers- so thanks for recognizing :)
(I just realized as I was writing this that I didn't say thank you. It does make a difference: I feel better, fuller now.)