A friend calls, asking me to translate for him to renew his license, and applying for this and that on internet. I like this friend because he admires me without a trace of envy or reserve. I help him write a letter to the government, he raves about my skills. I help him write his checks to pay bills, he praises me instantly. I help answer questions about a letter his wife receives, he is so humble as if he is an attentive student. I help him buy a door bell from Home Depot, he says, "you can really talk with the shop assistant." I obtain the best deal for him from Amazon, better than his friends got from Walmart, he treats me as if I am the cleverest person in the world. "This is nothing. I speak with an accent. Look, everyone here speaks English better than me." I said, feigning modesty, pointing to people around us in the post office. But my friend wouldn't hear it. He is oblivious to the comparison, and still thinks I am the best. I have to be cautious. If I don't, I will become complacent and conceited, under his admiration. Who can defend herself facing such sincerest flattery?