Best note ever from an editor: "You were right, it reads better this way."
There were plenty of other notes where we were still not in total agreement, but all the requested changes were doable (to a degree). Most clarified the story. And, where I didn't feel that the word choice worked, I rewrote the entire sentence from a different angle.
Editing, as opposed to writing, is a collaborative art. It's impossible to edit yourself. It's amazing to have an good editor. And, very,very sweet to hear: "You were right."