Remember my little lady?
Her last name is hard to pronounce. I had her repeat it to me several times till I got it right and worked very hard at remembering it just right. Everyone else up there she's told to call by her first name....but not me. Is it because I'm the only one who says her last name correctly?
My last name is also hard to pronounce, as was my maiden name. It's irritating to have folk call you by the "wrong" name over and over. Even though to them it's "close enough" or "you know who I mean" None of us picked our names. But we would all like to be called by the correct name. Don't be afraid to ask before you slaughter it....but then make a point of repeating it correctly.
Also, give compliments freely and routinely.
This same lady, she weighs >250lbs and is paralyzed on one side. It's safe to say that she doesn't feel particularly pretty. I noticed that she started getting down a couple of weeks ago. Being stuck in bed using a bedpan, then having a nurse clean you up will do that to you pretty quick. Just on a lark I started saying "Hello Beautiful!" every time I walked in her room. You would be amazed at how she lights up. Usually with a "guffaw" and a laugh, a shake of her head... but she lights up all the same.
We all respond to compliments in the same way. Even somewhat silly ones.
Spreading the smiles is what it's all about!
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