Day 39 Question 39:
What is one of the most embarrassing moments in your life?
We all have those moments in life when we just want to crawl under a table and die or the moments where we laugh so hard every part of our bodies start to hurt. I thought it would be fun to share one these moments…lighten the mood and give everyone a peek into my inner silliness.
About 3 years ago I had a work conference to attend at this big hotel/conference center. My boss was already there. She spent the night there because her meetings started the night before. I was only going for the day. I was starting to work under a new grant and these meetings were an introduction to the program (it is a pretty large national organization) so I met a lot of the big dogs that day. My boss at the time (and I do love her despite this) tends to be very opinionated and loud. She doesn’t shy away from an argument. During these meetings she chimed in a lot and it was very obvious that people were getting annoyed. I pulled out my phone and sent a text to my friend (who was also the Administrative Assistant for my boss) and said: XXXX(I figured it would be better if I didn’t mention her name..haha) Never knows when to shut the F**K Up! I was sure I would get an immediate response because my friend knows exactly how she can be. I got nothing. I figured she must have been busy. After the meeting was out my boss and I went downstairs to one of the restaurants to get a coffee. We were sitting in a couple of chairs just re-hashing the meeting. She pulled out her phone and said, “Oh I have 2 text messages”. My heart started to immediately pound. She opened one up and said, “Oh it’s from you!” Well if you haven’t figured it out yet let me clue you in. In my mad dash to send the text to my friend, I stupidly sent it to my boss. I immediately told her I never wrote that and I stumbled over my words saying my phone had been all messed up. She knew I was lying. I knew I was lying. Talk about AWKWARD!!!! No, I never got fired because come the end of the day I was really good at my job but hands down that was the biggest disaster ever. Everyone in my office teased me about it for weeks. The story still gets told to this very day.
Yes, this was a bad situation and I should have been more careful. I probably should have just kept the thought to myself but what is done is done and now a good story is able to be told. Moments like these are what lead to great stories later in life. There are many moments I am not proud of and many moments of “Did I really just do that?” and although at the moment you may just want to die they are the stories that mold you as a person. They are a part of you. I am sure I have several I could tell but today I am feeling like a nap before work so I am going to cut this one short. I want to hear about your stories though. If you are willing I would love for you to share them with all of my readers. They can be stories that made you pee your pants from laughing so hard or stories that made you not want to leave your house for days because you didn’t want to face people. There is no judgment on my part…I can’t lie and say I will not laugh because well I love to laugh…but judgment will not be there. We all do dumb, silly things from time to time and these are the stories that end up being the best parts of the story we call life. :0)
Yours was hilarious!
Here’s one of mine (yes, I can pick and choose!)
I was 19 years old and on my way to a job interview, traversing a busy and decrepit sidewalk in high heels; I tried to move more to the side to make room for a rather imposing large man and tripped and fell into him. He helped me up and continued on, and I regained my dignity and kept walking (of course now my stockings had a run, my shoes were muddy, and my dress was a mess). I presented my resume to the receptionist then waited to be called in for my appointment, hoping for the best. After, about 20 more minutes, in I go and there is the man I fell into on the sidewalk! I’m mortified and embarrassed but he says nothing about it, and the interview begins but he keeps giving me sidelong glances so I knew he was thinking about the sidewalk. As he is talking, I put my elbow on the chair arm and prop my chin against my hand, listening intently, forming a quick answer to a particular question, when my elbow slips off the chair arm causing me to face palm myself and sent my glasses flying across the room. Then I proceed to make an ass out of myself from one inept moment to the next, presenting myself as nothing but a clumsy oaf no matter how hard I tried to maintain any minuscule composure I had left. Finally, I gave him a sweaty handshake and left–of course I didn’t get the job. I laugh now, 40 years later but at the time I was so humiliated. I did find another job later that day so all was not lost. 🙂 But to him, I was “that” girl.
Wonderfully hilarious story! However, if it had been me, I WOULD have been fired–just my kind of luck! Anyway, a very embarrassing thing always happens when I get excited about presenting a new idea and get louder and louder–and the person whose idea is about to be scrapped comes out of a stall in the lady’s room! For Lent, I am not speaking above the level of a stage whisper. Really! I have completed over 48 hours so far–hope this much ‘holding in’ doesn’t cause an earthquake!
And if you didn’t have those times to share, surely your life would be vastly different and maybe not as interesting 🙂
Well, at least you didn’t lose your job!