When I was young, my mother told me "You either have looks or you have brains. Few people have both."
I'm sure that she was trying to tell me that -- in her eyes at least -- I was both pretty and smart. But she never really clarified this.
Many years later, I made the mistake of telling The Husband this story. I ended it by saying "and my mother never told me which one I was".
To this day, whenever I do something stupid (and believe me when I say this happens a lot!) he turns to me, and with his Serious Face, says "You're so beautiful."