The other day, I was minding my own ginger-y business and walking down the street sans hat. I tell you that because after this incident, I've decided I should now always make sure to wear a hat to disguise my gingerness as much as possible.
And that's because, as I was crossing State Street, a random man passing through the crosswalk said under his breath, "I love gingers." I didn't even realize he was speaking to me until I was on the sidewalk, and he was in the middle of the street, and I turn, flashed a big toothy smile, and said, "Thank you", as if he was an elderly lady telling me how much she "just loves" my red hair. I recently met a guy in a crosswalk, so my immediate hunch was that this could be fate working its magic again, until I realized the guy's comment was of the whistling construction-worker variety.
The guy was shocked by my response, and afterward, I realized it was inappropriate, and a snarky comment would have been much more fitting. So I am asking you, my dear readers, to offer suggestions on what I should have said, what I should say next time and what gingers around the world should say in similar situations?