Every time this particular person has been working his ass off and is slowly, food deprived-ly getting annoyed, he sort of searches for compliments. But not in an annoying or unwarranted way. It's great actually. And once he gets a "thanks" or "good job" (even if sarcastically), he says, "That's all I need. Sometimes I just need a little fluffing."
I mean, who doesn't really?! Moms can only tell you you're perfect so many times.
And, as fate would have it, I came home tonight to some feedback about a project of mine, and the comments stung a little bit. As I read through and started to turn red and want to give up...I couldn't help but think of my Brit's request: A little fluffing. Even without the compliments on my own project, just repeating the phrase out loud and the thought of some potential kinder words on their way, made me feel a little bit better. Enough to be able to close my computer and write it all off for a good night's sleep.