The Nice Thing About Strangers

Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.

I Want To Tell You Something Beautiful.

Now sure why, but I’ve had a lot of clicks on this story today. Since I’m also having serious internet issues at the apartment I’m renting this week–photos timeout instead of uploading–I thought I’d share this one once more. In many ways, the sentiment still holds. 🙂

The Nice Thing About Strangers

After a few weeks practicing my Turkish with various strangers, I’m pleased with my progress–but overwhelmed by how much I still have to learn. Smiling helps. Smiling helps me make inroads, though I’m unintentionally cracking people up all the time.

I await the day when I can be funny on purpose. When I feel like the person speaking is actually me. When I can say something true, something weighty, something lovely.

I know about half the words on this table. What I don’t know, I don’t eat.

“We are like people living in a country whose language they know so little that, with all manner of beautiful and profound things to say, they are condemned to the banalities of the conversation manual. Their brain is seething with ideas, and they can only tell you that the umbrella of the gardener’s aunt is in the house.”

-W. Somerset Maugham. The Moon…

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7 comments on “I Want To Tell You Something Beautiful.

  1. joannerambling
    October 29, 2014

    Yes beautiful indeed

  2. M-R
    October 30, 2014

    I hope your issues are soon sorted, Paige !

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      October 30, 2014

      I’d say there’s a marked improvement in my Turkish skills, but I’m not confident that my sentiments are properly conjugated. 🙂 Nonetheless!

  3. Vicki Busseno
    October 31, 2014

    You are an inspiration. Thank you. I await my final project grade then I’m officially a Kaplan University graduate. 😀 Vicki Busseno

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      October 31, 2014

      Vicki–Bravo! Congrats to you. 🙂 You inspire me with all that hard work. Savor the experience–think of all the many, many assignments that got you there! Amazing. I’m proud of you!

  4. lifecoachwriter
    October 31, 2014

    I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I’ve nominated your blog for the One Lovely Blog Award. Please don’t feel any pressure to accept. Here’s the link to find out more.

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