Okay, we’ve all had them – silly embarrassing moments we have either done ourselves or witnessed. At first, I am usually horrified with embarrassment when it comes to something I have done. And then, l go home, and die laughing as I share what happened with family and friends.
I work from home, so I don’t exactly dress in business attire. Usually I wear very comfortable clothes that I wouldn’t be caught dead in. I remember about a year ago, I ran to the grocery store (Publix) looking like a “ragamuffin”. I ran into the store when it opened at 7:00 a.m. so I wouldn’t run into anyone I know dressed that way. When I got my few items, I approached the checkout counter and looked up as I heard my name. There was an old work acquaintance, Carrie, that I hadn’t seen in at least two years. After exchanging pleasantries, Carrie, said, “Oh, by the way, Clare….
… I thought you might like to know, your shirt is inside out.” I looked down in horror and low and behold, it certainly was. I just shook my head, we laughed, and I left. Goodness!
Another one of those memorable moments that comes to mind – I was at a restaurant one day and looked up, and I was facing the back of a pretty woman at a nearby table. She was impeccably dressed, well-groomed enjoying a meal with her family or friends. Then I saw ….
That’s right, she forgot to remove the price tag/ label off her dress! Yikes, surely when she left the restaurant one of her friends must have her so she wouldn’t have to go to her next destination that way. But, it could have been worse, her dress could have been inside out!
A group of us were out at our favorite cafe recently, and Barbara gets up to go to the bathroom. Unlike most times, instead of all four of us going to the bathroom at once – like girls love to do – we were engaged in a juicy story so Barbara ran to the ladies’ room by herself. About five minutes later, we looked up and Barbara returned to the table like this…
That’s right, Barbara had a trail of toilet paper coming off her shoe. It took us about 10 minutes to stop howling before we could actually get the words out, “Barbara, you’ve got toilet paper stuck on your shoe!!!!”
Awhile back, I ran out with a few of my co-workers for lunch one day, and we had a great Chinese meal, complete with chicken, broccoli, fried rice and egg rolls. We were late coming back to the office, and I stopped, looked at my friend, Jackie, and asked her, “Do I have anything in my teeth”? And smiled!
Jackie exclaimed laughing, “Clare, you have so much stuff on your teeth that it’s a wonder your head isn’t tilted over!!!”
I remember, years ago, working in a law firm downtown. I ran quickly into the elevator and a lawyer who worked in the office next door was already in the elevator. We exchanged pleasantries as I walked out of the elevator on my floor. When I looked down to pull out my key to get into the office I saw….
My goodness, how embarrassing! I pulled my shirt down and laughed as I walked in the door. I mean, there was nothing I could do except laugh about it (and wonder how long I had been walking around like that)!
And, often we women are running late. There is just so much to getting ready – blow drying our hair, putting on makeup, thinking about everything on our to do list… and trying frantically just to make it out the door! And then, as you breathe a sigh of relief that you have made it to your appointment or work on time, you look down and see this…
Or, as I am quickly “putting myself together” to meet some friends, I look up and ask my daughter, Caitlin, “how do I look?” Maybe… I should have looked in the mirror to check my lipstick one more time …
And I have (unfortunately more more than once), walked into the “Men’s” room by mistake. It’s pretty easy to get confused – with all the DIFFERENT NAMES these days used for “Ladies” and “Men’s” Rooms. Nowadays, places like Outback Steakhouse has “Blokes” and “Sheilas”. I’ve seen at other steakhouses “Bulls” and “Cows.” At seafood restaurants, I’ve noticed “Gulls” and “Buoys” and at Mexican restaurants “Senor” or “Senora.” The most confusing for me has certainly been … “XX” and “XY” – the chromosomes! I think I may have to go back to school or take a dictionary with me to get it right!
I hope these stories put a smile on your face. I bet you have some great stories of your own!
Until next time… may your socks always match, and shoes be toilet paper free –