4. "If I could pick my own mother, I would want her to be like you."
I once had a college professor who was as insightful about people as he was entirely lacking in that filter that tells you what is okay to say in polite company. One day he told a student (not me!): "Even though you are 30 years younger than me, if I could pick my own mother, I would want her to be like you." We laughed, but we also got it. This sweet, smart, generous girl—we all kind of wanted her to be our mother. And though she blushed to her ears, you could see her face transform at the odd, amazing compliment. Now, imagine the joy these words would bring to an actual mother.