Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Compliments also count

My city is full of "windshield cleaners", you know, those guys (or girls but those are rare) that clean your car's windshield when the traffic light is red...OK, so some of you have never heard of them? It's OK, maybe it's a third world thing, I am not sure.

Anyway, we live about 10 kms away from the downtown area. It doesn't seem that bad but believe me, it's a lot. Of course there are a lot of traffic lights on the way, and that means "windshield cleaners"...so basically they wipe your windshield and they get a tip. The problem is we live so far away that our windshield gets cleaned at least 4 times until we reach our destination. My mum always says she ends up spending more money tipping these boys than on parking, however, she always gives them some money.

Last Sunday, we went to the movies to see "Prince of Persia" and there was a windshield cleaner at the mall's traffic light. Mum didn't have any change but I did, so when he was done I handed him the money and told him : "I'm tipping you only because you have dreadlocks" (which I find very cool). He looked very surprised and his face lit, while flashing a great smile, the lights turned green and he said "Yay for dreadlocks!" and so we left.

I know it is a very silly story, but my point is that you don't need much to make someone happy, to make someone smile. It goes beyond tipping someone who is trying to make a living (I often tell mum that, "you know, they could be stealing but they're not, they're working"), sometimes being honest and complimenting someone help us make their day too.


Mel said...

I don't know if it just says bad stuff about the world we live in because it doesn't happen much, but strangers being friendly always makes me smile too.

kisekae said...

that's such a great little story, and so true, I bet that made his day!

Kris said...

Ella! There have been some brilliant posts on this blog, but I'm extremely fond of this one. Also, it's so true. I don't know why I'm not better at random compliments to people I don't know. They always feel the most genuine!

Ella Unread said...

Mel: :) Oh yes...I remember last year, the kids I took care of usually complimented strangers (and you know how honest kids are) with things like "Oooh, I like your t-shirt" "I like your necklace" and people got so happy you could tell...

Kise: Thank you!I hope it did!

Kris: Thank you so much, that means a lot to me :)

Kell said...

I love giving compliments.. I think it's one of the easiest ways to brighten someone's day. I know it always makes my day when I get one!

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