Last year my daughter had an embarrassing moment at school. She was standing at the front of her class, holding a poster, and giving a presentation when from the back of the class a boy yelled, “Your pants are on backwards!”
“No they’re not,” she replied.
“Uh, yes they are,” he said.
She looked down and realized that her pants were in fact on backwards (she’s one of those super skinny people who can slide a pair of pants on and off with out unbuttoning them. These pants also happened to be cargo pants with no pockets on the bum).
She lowered the poster down a bit, finished her presentation, and slinked off to the bathroom to fix her pants.
A few weeks ago when she was telling the family this story I could tell she was still embarrassed by it so I decided it was time to change this event from a tragedy to a comedy. We started by laughing about it and then I said to her, “What a great story, you’ll be able to tell your kids and grandkids about it and you’ll all have a good laugh.” My husband and I then proceeded to tell her of some of our most embarrassing moments that we’ve had in life.
One of the more embarrassing moments for me was right after I became a newlywed. Geoff and I decided that we would have some of our bachelor friends and relatives over for dinner. At one point in the conversation during the dinner I made a comment in which I used a very vulgar phrase. The problem was that I had no idea that this phrase was vulgar and that I was using it incorrectly.
After I said it the whole room went so quiet we could hear crickets chirping outside and I think someone finally said, “I do not think that means what you think it means.”
“Doesn’t it mean, ya da ya da ya da?” I asked, causing everyone in the room to roar with laughter. My husband then told me what the phrase meant in the gentlest way possible. By the time he was finished my face was a bright crimson color and all I wanted to do was creep back to my room and never come out again. I know that some members of my family remember that story with fondness but they’ve come to realize they will be much happier and healthier if they don’t tell it very often.
Now, don’t ask me what the phrase was and don’t try to guess because the Thang is a family blog and I wouldn’t want any tender minds to learn something here that they shouldn’t. I would love to hear some of your more embarrassing stories but only if they’re clean. It would be fun to share a few of them with my daughter so she would know that other people have had their moments too.
[Associated radio.blog song: Madness - Embarrassment]