You get to ride six or seven floors in an elevator with someone you admire.
What do you say?
I said: “I don’t want to gush or impose, but I am very much an admirer.”
He said: “That’s okay, darling, just keep doing what you do.”
Pick your person, pick your bon mots. Be realistic about what you might really say, on the spot, and what you would love to say if you had time to think about it. For example, I should have said, after I held the elevator for this gentleman and he thanked me: “That’s okay — if I don’t do it, somebody else will.”
Any guesses as to my traveling companion?