"You're all baby" - of course I didn't know what it meant at the time, though now it is blaringly obvious. I just smiled. The stranger must have thought I was being rude. I wish I could go back and say a big "Thank you" to her. It's nice when people compliment you, especially when you feel like a ten ton whale.
One from my partner when he read one of my theatre reviews a few months ago:
"Must say that I am really impressed with the article. Your creativity and way with words shines through. I am pleased to hear that your article has been successful. It was an excellent piece. I was surprised that you had the concentration to write such quality at that time of night."
I got a comment on a group walk a couple of years ago, from someone who I'd only met that day, saying that 'I didn't look old enough to have a father who lived thru WWII in Germany.' after the war topic came up.
(for the record it was his second marriage to my mother and he was older than the average father would be)
Earlier this year in an amateur orchestral tutor session, with a professional from the state's symphony orchestra, she singled me out for a particular note of a chord ( I was the only one playing that note at all) and then said how in tune it was.
Being a string player, this isn't always easy as one has to find the right spot on the fingerboard but this note was easy for me as I didn't have to change position.
Still, I took the compliment that night.