Self: "You should go talk to her."
Me: "No way. That's weird. What on earth would I say?"
Self: "You need to encourage her. We all need encouragement. Go talk to her." and so on and so forth.
The whole time I was getting dressed I was arguing with myself and just the time I was ready to wimp out and leave, she came out of her dressing room. I took a deep breath, walked over and said, "Hi. I met you this fall at the park. I'm sure you don't remember but I wanted to tell you that I was so blessed by your gentle spirit and kind words with your kids. It's not something that comes naturally for me and is something I have to really work on, so it both blessed and encouraged me." There. I did it. Now I'm waiting through what I KNEW would be an awkward pause, but wasn't.
When she opened her mouth, she said and I quote, "Well, I'm anything but perfect..." Oh the irony!