As I started one of my calculus classes today, one boy quickly interrupted me: “Mrs. Peterson, you look really good today.”
I couldn’t help but laugh. “Well, thank you…”
Another boy chimed in: “Yeah, the way you have your hair…” (he then proceeded to attempt to mime putting your hair half back…or at least I think so).
At this point, the whole class was either laughing hysterically or blushing from embarrassment. I guess you have to know the boys to know that they were being 100% sincere and kind. That’s what I love about working with teenagers–they tell you things that adults (typically) wouldn’t say. I love that when they’re impressed by something, they just say it. I think–in general–we tend to lose that vulnerability more and more as we get older.
I would rather be generous with my compliments than stingy. And my kids reminded me of that today.