When a legally blind man calls you “Gorgeous”

Life is really super-duper absolutely inarguably funny.

Two days ago I wrote a Farewell for a Little While post.  See ya @ Thanksgiving, readers, because creative fields must lie fallow.  (Oh how Munira and Lisa and I love the word “fallow”.  Isn’t fallow the coolest word?)

I was so happy about my upcoming blogging break.

But the Universe had other plans.

Drum roll, please!

Within an hour after writing about the break, an assistant editor from Lake Superior magazine emailed compliments about this blog.  Said–and I quote–“All of us at the magazine love your blog.”  He said he’d like to highlight Lake Superior on the magazine’s blog every once in a while.

I peered at that sentence for five long minutes before forwarding the email to Mom, Dad, Barry’s parents, and the kids.  Then I told Barry, very calmly, maybe seven times:  “Everybody at the magazine likes my blog.”

(Oh, goodness, Kathy, are you so insecure that you must DO this?)


So the blogging break is postponed and the Creative Muse can continue to run my life and chat away in your ear.

If that wasn’t enough, today I got another Compliment.

On the way to work I rolled down the window to chat with our neighbor who was walking his dog.

“Hello, Gorgeous!” he said.

My heart stopped.

Gorgeous?  No one has ever called this chickee gorgeous, Ever.  Maybe sweet, maybe cute, but never Gorgeous.


“No one has EVER called me Gorgeous before!” I gushed profusely out the open car window. (He is also one of Barry’s fishing buddies.)  “You’ve made my day!”

It wasn’t until later this afternoon I remembered that our neighbor is legally blind.

So much for being able to see clearly.

I started pondering humor yesterday.  How we all are humored–and share humor–differently.

I thought the political post I wrote yesterday about the five people who didn’t vote me was hysterically funny.  It always comes as a slight shock that some people take such things seriously.  They actually think that I have lasting scars because five people didn’t vote for me.

Seriously–(pun intended)–I find it pants-wetting funny that a thought would arise in one’s mind even thinking about the five people who didn’t vote for one in an uncontested election.  I mean isn’t that the funniest thought on the planet?  (It isn’t?  You don’t think so?)

I think it’s amusingly humorous that someone–anyone–would announce a blogging break and the Universe would urge otherwise.

I suppose you don’t think this is funny, either?

I think it’s gut-splitting funny that Munira and Lisa and I love the word “fallow”.  What kind of people passionately fall in love with a word like “fallow”?  Doesn’t this leave you cracking up in front of your computer, tears falling down your face in the amusement of it all?

I think it’s really really funny that people can admit insecurities. (Although sometimes it feels really scary to admit insecurities.  That isn’t really funny.  But it feels like The Courageous Lion on the Wizard of Oz, doesn’t it?)

I think it’s funny that someone would say that everyone in a magazine loved this blog.  Even though, god willing, it may indeed be true.  (I want it to be true. Oh yes.  It just strikes me as humorously improbable.)

I think it’s even funnier that a dear legally blind friend would coo, “Good morning, Gorgeous!”

Is your funny bone tickled by things like these?  Are you congenitally amused by the strangeness of life, of words, of random comments, of compliments, of Everything?

Are you laughing every six minutes at the humor of it all?

You’re not laughing, Gorgeous?  Why not?  🙂

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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80 Responses to When a legally blind man calls you “Gorgeous”

  1. Elisa's Spot says:

    I love the joy of the gorgeousness of people!

  2. I think life is funny . . . or at least has a sense of humor. I too love the word fallow.

  3. Sybil says:

    Gorgeous is so much more than just how you look.darlin’.

  4. John Kuttenberg says:

    God is just trying to keep you humble. Every now and then he reminds us that there is just a small subset of all the things in the universe that are under our control.

    Fallow is a wonderful word, but the concept that it represents is precious. Your talents have laid fallow far too long. There are much greater things you are capable of and the good Lord is going to see that you achieve them even if he has to drag you kicking and screaming all the way. 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      John, I just spit out my cinnamon and sugar toast I was laughing with such delight at your compliment! You and my legally-blind neighbor–whom I adore–would be great friends! Kicking and screaming all the way…LOL! You are da best!

  5. Hey gorgeous – I love the post and all of the wonderful comments and your responses.

  6. Okay, the blind neighbor calling you goreous is somehow so, so funny. Actually, the funny part is your not remembering immediately that he was blind. I could easily do something similar–be so stunned I completely missed the obvious! And congrats on the new gig, or sorts. That’s so cool.

    • Kathy says:

      It was so funny, Kathy! How could someone forget something like that? So obvious! So silly! And, yet, he was so adorable the way he so breezily said, “Hello, Gorgeous!” So very adorable. As for the gig, it’s so strange, I am so happy about the possibility but also equally OK with the fact that it may or may not happen. It’s just fun that the email happened!

  7. Val says:

    11.57pm and yep, I find it funny… (well, the bit of me that isn’t trying to nag the other bit of me to get an early night)… and I want to congratulate you on the having ALL (or some) of the magazine folk into your blog… and I want to say – funny or not – there are many things about a person that can be gorgeous and sight doesn’t have to come into it. You could have a gorgeous voice (I’ve never heard it and would like to), but most certainly you have a gorgeous personality – which shines through in this blog. So yep, you’re gorgeous and your neighbour picked up on that. 🙂

  8. Lake Superior Magazine is lucky to have you 🙂 — a perfect marriage! So glad they derailed your blogging break, for while I understand the need for it, I always enjoy your posts and selfishly am happy that I might continue to enjoy them between now and turkey day! ~ Kat

  9. lisaspiral says:

    I think it’s funny that you think someone needs to see to identify gorgeous! Fallow is a wonderful word and it seems so much more dramatic than it really is. Just like some of your posts. 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Ha ha, Lisa, you are SO right! What an absurd inference I made! (Something else to giggle about.) I do so love writing dramatic posts, mostly because the very thought of dramaticizing something make me laugh. (Spell check said I spelled dramaticizing wrong. It’s probably not even a word.)

  10. Carol says:

    It tickles my funny bone – well, all except the fish eyes staring at me when I open the fridge door. I do not like the eyes of dead things staring at me. But being called gorgeous by someone who is legally blind – that tickles my funny bone. I had someone ask me for ID recently to prove I truly am a senior – that did more than tickle my funny bone! Although, truly,I think they were just feeling generous that day. The idea of your taking a hiatus from blogging for more than two weeks – that tickles my funny bone. But it delights my whole body and mind that “everyone” at the magazine loves your blog! How could they not? Fallow is a nice word now that you’ve mentioned it.

    • Kathy says:

      Oh come on, Carol! The fish eyes didn’t tickle your funny bone? I don’t understand you people. (LOL, JUST KIDDIN!) I would have been thrilled beyond thrilled to ask for an ID, too. Did you blog about it? Or were you in a fallow period?

  11. Yes, you are funny, In fact I was smiling to myself as I took out the trash. I am an old woman but men wether they can see or not, will call you sweetie., darlin, gorgeous, honey- even the young ones that can see. It sort of makes my day even if I know they are stretching it a country mile.

    In your case, I think your neighbor meant every word when he called out gorgeous. Since you have have put your “kisser” on your blog page I will say (though I am not a man) you are far from ugly). You are an attractive lady and I will bet that you are both inside and out. So there!

    And, you are pretty dang funny. Keep up the good work. I enjoy people that can poke fun at themselves.


    • Kathy says:

      Gosh, Yvonne, I don’t think many men in the Upper Peninsula call women by endearments that much. You aren’t from the south, are you? Most men around here think “Hello” is an endearment! (I’m giggling; that’s probably stretching the truth a Bit.) Thanks for thinking me far from ugly. I’m grinning about that. But REALLY grinning about the funny comment. One of my relatives doesn’t think I’m funny. 😦

      • I think somewhere on my about page but maybe not I mentioned that I was from Texas or it might be on my header, part. In these here parts, (smile) yes even women have been known to sue all those endearments. One of my doctors called me sweetie the last time I dad and office visit. I have distant relatives in and aroudn Traverse City,. Are you near there. The men kin would all have a french name.

        Texas tend to be as a rule very friendly and I even open doors for men. Recently a young hispanic man and I went back and forth about who was going to hold the door open for one of to go through first. We finally burst out laughing and I went on through the door. We also have friendly drivers wh defer to the other person but i have noticed that is pretty much falling to the wayside.

        On the last note. I can not believe that a relative would not think that you are funny. Something is amiss here and you can tell that person what I wrote. I do not amuse easily and my funny in more dry humor.

        I still like your blog and maybe your kin should jsut get a life or maybe just shove it!!!!!

        Yvonne from Central Texas-one of the ugliest places you will ever see. Born and lived here my entire old life

        • Kathy says:

          Hello, Yvonne! We are about 8 hours north and west of Traverse City. Michigan is such a huge state–people hardly ever realize that! We once did live in Texas, for maybe four or five months. I even wrote a blog about it once. 🙂 Glad to hear you were amused!

  12. Colleen says:

    Gorgeous is such a magnificent word, and so are you! Congratulations!!

    And on the subject of gorgeous, have you looked at your feet lately: )

    • Kathy says:

      A compliment from the Gorgeous Colleen! I believe your gorgousity (new word) shines out from where ever you go! But had to go peer at the feet again to see what you were talking about. You like my feet? The feet thank you~~and that’s quite a feat. Ha ha ha ha ha

  13. Heather says:

    I think you’re gorgeous! I stop by here every day just to gaze upon you 🙂
    I *love* that you shared your yoga (I assume yoga, but we all know about assumption) photo, and your sharing much more than the photo makes me giggle. Life is grand.
    Congratulations on having an entire magazine staff love your blog. Perhaps I should check out that magazine!

    • Kathy says:

      Oh man, Heather, I am so stunned by these gorgeous compliments~~gazing compliments nonetheless~~that it’s hard to respond to these comments. Yes, it twas yoga. From a blog last year, I do believe. Went searching for it to show you, but put a five minute limit on search time. By the way, it’s a GREAT magazine for anyone who loves Lake Superior. They have GREAT photography and stories.

  14. Hey Gorgeous, You know that Thanksgiving would have been way too long of a break for us anyway.

  15. rehill56 says:

    ABSOLUTELY! all the above! I’ll have to share myidea for a book on humorous titles for Michigan nature pictures …Enjoyed seeing your gorgeous face for two seconds today. We’ll have to make an appointment for tea! 😉

    • Kathy says:

      I am smiling just thinking about it, Ruth! And I was equally delighted to see your gorgeous face for those two seconds. Yes, tea please! We can laugh together.

  16. Barb says:

    The eyes of those fish are kinda getting to me – I’m reading your post just before bed. I’m glad you’re now “forced” into more writing. I’ll maybe take the blog break for you. I’m feeling kinda worn out. Bye, Gorgeous.

    • Kathy says:

      I’m not sure it’s fair, Barb, that you can arrange a Blog Break with the Universe while I am busted. The fish eyes are glaring, in a humorous sort of way. See ya later, Gorgeous!

  17. poetjena says:

    Well, I think your post is a ‘thoughtfully-funny’ post, as part of my mind descends into the labyrinth of working out which ‘funniness’ categories may exist. Even those tatoo ‘fish arm’ looking thingys seem to be pondering the very self same question with their quizzical expressions!

    Funny as it might seem or not, your writing is wonderful and funnily enough that has not changed since those earlier times of being on the net and non-officially bumping into the word-talented goodness of you.

    Smile to you. (ok then, add a wink too!)

    • Kathy says:

      Dear Gorgeous Poet and Friend, I am absolutely sure that those fish creatures were pondering humor, too! (Yikes, that was a morbidly humorous observation, lol.) I was thrilled this morning to read your comment and to have pondered the long-ago days when we met. (Any day before last month was the Middle Ages.) Winking back atcha, Gorgeous!

  18. Kerry Dwyer says:

    Of course you are gorgeous. I find funny things in life all the time which is lucky because I love to laugh especially at myself.

  19. jeffstroud says:

    “Hello Gorgeous!” Is the opening line in Funny Girl. It was the line Nick Arnstein used when he first met Fanny.
    Anyways, you are gorgeous, and gorgeous sense of humor, a gorgeous spirit of sharing and caring, and one would have to be “blind” not to see that.

    Okay now all this gorgeousness is going to go to your head! Wasn’t there something else going on here in this blog about a local magazine writing you, saying they “All love your blog and wish to feature it a few times a month” Wow! I think that is gorgeous! See all your blogging has paid off, all of your journeys give you an experience that you share with humor and heart. What’s not to Love!

    Enough gushing from me now!

    • Kathy says:

      Wow, Jeff, I love how you brought together musicals AND humor, all in one. (I should listen to Funny Girl today.) You are the sweetest friend, ever. So much gorgeousness shines through you that I am very, very glad we were able to meet one of those long, long ago days in NYC. (And please, there is never such a thing as “too much gushing”.)

  20. Bobz says:

    Your words are quite cool and gorgeous and brighten many folks day!

    • Kathy says:

      Bobz, I can’t believe you commented! I thought about you–last night or this morning–and thought, doesn’t Bobz read any more? My heart was broken for two seconds at least. But here you are! Thank you for adding your gorgeousness here, too.

  21. Karen says:

    Having a sense of humor definitely keeps life interesting.

    • Kathy says:

      Amen, sister! But I am still finding it funny that we all laugh at different things. Wouldn’t it be awful if two people got married who didn’t laugh at the same things? And do we choose friends by their ability to laugh in the same way?

  22. Stacy says:

    Congratulations on the magazine exposure, though I am not surprised – I LOVE your blog, too.

    I’ve never been called gorgeous, but I would take it, even from a legally blind man. It’s got to feel good no matter the circumstances. ❤

  23. Lori DiNardi says:

    My dear, I would suspect that someone who is legally blind can see true beauty, or should I say, true gorgeousdom. 😉

  24. Connie T says:

    I have never thought about fallow. I had to look it up. It is about plowing a field and leaving it for a year.

  25. Munira says:

    Teeheee! The thought of you peering for 5 minutes, in all your bespectacled gorgeosity, at the line ‘everyone at the magazine loves your blog’ just cracked me up! 😀
    That, and the picture of the fish in the fridge! HAHAHAHA!
    But I really don’t think it’s funny that we both like the word ‘fallow’. That’s not funny, k? -.-
    Mixed feelings about you postponing your blogging break Kathy 😉

    • Kathy says:

      B-b-but, Munira, it IS funny that we both like the word “fallow”! It’s serendipity-like-funny. Thank goodness you loved the fish. And my bespectacledness. (I have a mixed feeling about that postponement, too. I still may go all wild & crazy and do it!)

      • Munira says:

        Okay fine….*allows herself a giggle*…..hrmph!
        Fallow also brings to mind bespeckled deer, doesn’t it? Hmm, must look up the meaning again…..

  26. Karma says:

    I love your humorous look at the world around you. I think we often have the tendency to take things way too seriously, and fail to look at the big picture, the grand scheme, the great big ball of wax! If we can’t laugh at our selves (and I unfortunately work with a few people who sadly don’t seem able to) and find a way to smile in our days, then what exactly are we doing here?

  27. Joanne says:

    Kathy, Barry’s blind fishing buddy has given you the HUGEST compliment in the whole entire Universe! He “sees” your gorgeousness through his heart…WoW!! 😀

    Oh yes, my mum and I used to laugh at the most rediculous things, and no one else would see the funny side, and we would have tears pouring down our cheeks and be too breathless to speak! Happy memories. 🙂 But I must admit, I did have to look up the meaning of the word fallow…

    • Kathy says:

      He’s got a most gorgeous heart, too, Joanne! I really think he’s the sweetest. By the way, my dad and I laugh at things like that. We’ve been know to disrupt the entire rest of the family by laughing wildly. I love the thought of you and your mom laughing.

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  29. susanblake says:

    Hi Kathy,
    Blind people see the real spirits of a person I think. It’s actually an advantage in a twisted way, don’t ya think?

  30. Marianne says:

    Congratulations on being popular and gorgeous, Kathy! You go girl! 🙂

  31. Humor is such a subjective thing, but it seems the subjects you find humorous are much like mine. You have again demonstrated how much you are similar to my close friend with the same name! She leaves me in stitches and I rarely come away from reading your blog post without a huge grin on my face! There isn’t enough laughter in life so, Gorgeous, please continue to amuse us. 🙂

  32. bearyweather says:

    I love those casual little daily “chuckles” … it lightens up life. People are funny if you can get away from all that seriousness and are open to seeing it … makes life brighter.

  33. See, all your readers knew right away, that he must be perceiving your gorgeous spirit!

  34. lucindalines says:

    Congrats on all of it. Loved this post!!

  35. Sid Dunnebacke says:

    You know, Kathy, one of the things I like so much about my little WordPress community is the humor I run into every day. The subtle humor of some of my friends here is a treasure; it’s like they see me coming.

    I can’t say about “gorgeous”, but I have it on good authority that I’m “epically awesome”. But that may be my daughters trying to get another 15 minute reprieve from bedtime…

    • Kathy says:

      I love it that your girls think you’re gorgeously awesome, Sid! Did you say they were teenagers yet? That may change. Not wanting to predict anything…but that sorta happened around here during the teenage years. Thank goodness that we have a humorous community! 🙂

  36. Robin says:

    I understand how “fallow” can be funny. Some friends and I find the word “vast” funny in a way that makes us laugh until tears are streaming down our faces. I’m not even sure how it started, only that it was many years ago. 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      “Vast” can be that funny? I’m smiling, but the tears aren’t streaming down yet… OK, now am laughing! These things can be so funny, but sometimes it’s the mood of the moment or something that gets us going…

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