This morning I was listening to the Gayle King Show. Her guest was Philip Galanes, author of the book, Social Q’s: How to Survive the Quirks, Quandaries and Quagmires of Today.
Their discussion centered around the question, “Did you ever have an embarrassing moment when you wished you had a social expert on speed dial?”
Of course, that sent my mind whirling to the past, remembering my embarrassing moments. The first one that always comes to mind?
Had I still been a child, it might have been funny. But, as a teenager, it was the most horrible thing that could have happened. There I was, sitting across the table from the man (okay, boy) of my dreams. Though I’d been suffering with a cold, I certainly wasn’t going to turn down his invitation to have ice cream. After all, he was my soul mate. I stared into his hazel eyes as he licked his Rocky Road ice cream cone. Life was good.
Then, he told a funny joke and I laughed — snorted, really. And with that snort came snot. Yes, snot. Gobs of it, too. And though I tried to recover with a quick inhale–tried to hide behind my strawberry cone–I knew he’d seen it.
Even today, I wonder how that snort changed history.
And what about the lesser quandaries? We’ve all experienced those awkward moments when we notice someone’s zipper was down. To tell, or not to tell?
What about when you accidentally sent a text or email?
Ever walk into the wrong sex bathroom?
Enough of my explicit and implicit true confessions. Are YOU brave enough to share an embarrassing moment or a quandary?