Is that most embarrassing moment still buried deep in your subconscious?

Mine is! Even after more than four decades!

The year was 1978. It was my best friend’s father’s birthday, and I was invited to go out to dinner with the family to celebrate. When we arrived at the popular restaurant, we had to wait for a table – it was crowded even for a weeknight. But the lobby was decorated in reds, oranges, golds, and greens – a warm atmosphere, inviting us to sit down while we waited. Most of the group found seats, including me. I sat on the edge of a comfy sofa. One you can sink right into and wonder how on earth you’ll get out of. On my right side was an end table with a slim glass vase holding one single red rose. Very dainty and pretty.

My friend’s father – the man of the hour chose to sit next to me. I scooted to my right a couple of inches to give him a little more room. What I didn’t realize was the comfy sofa had no arm and the end table was so close that this fact was camouflaged. Before I knew it, before I could shift the direction of my body, I slid off that sofa, landing on the hardwood floor! What seemed like slow motion, that beautiful end table skidded a foot across the smooth surface, prompting that dainty, pretty vase and rose to tumble off into a dramatic crash! Footsteps of restaurant patrons dodged scattered rose petals, shards of glass, and tiny puddles of water. And there I laid, stunned, wanting to melt into that hardwood and disappear for a few months. Long enough for everyone watching to forget about this mortifying moment.

Mel, my friend, offered me a hand. I must’ve stood up, accepting her help, but what actually happened honestly remains a blur. That event, though, from over forty years ago, stays vivid in my camera roll of memories. The difference between then and now is that I can laugh about it. To just laugh and let those silly giggles escape with delight is always a great solution!

Thank you for reading and remember to give those giggles some freedom!
Do you have an embarrassing moment to share? 🙂

Lauren Scott (c) 2021 ❤️❤️❤️
Vase photo: Google
“Just laugh” photo: dry erase board on my fridge. 🙂

39 thoughts on “Is that most embarrassing moment still buried deep in your subconscious?

  1. Some memories are as vivid as this one! Thanks for the smiles Lauren though we used to laugh loudly whenever anybody fell but now we know how to control rather than add to somebody’s embarrassment. 😀

    1. I’m happy you enjoyed this “moment” Balroop. I’m always glad to provide smiles. 🙂 And you’re right about not laughing at…but holding those giggles for the moment. It’s hard to laugh when we’re in that moment, but certainly easy to laugh after the fact. 😁

  2. I have so many of those it would take me an hour just to select one to relate. Let me put it this way. From the time I was ten until I turned 60 I had a red-faced incident a week. So if my math is correct, that amounts to 2,600 faux pas. Thanks for sharing yours.

    1. Oh, John, you are so funny! But I’m not sure if I should laugh or empathize with you. Here’s to being able to laugh at ourselves (once the red-faced period has faded). 🙂 Thanks for sharing, too! 🤗

  3. Such graphic account bringing a faux pas to giggling life after all these years! As you remember it with a laugh, it was the same for me; it enabled a quick recall of some of my own gaffes dotting memory lane.

    1. I’m so glad I could bring forth those past memories that make you giggle, too, Raj. Those moments may paralyze us at the time, but it’s important that we can allow laughter to soften the embarrassment (once the mortification calms down). 🙂 Thanks so much for joining in this fun and I hope all is well with you!

  4. I’d just been employed as an intern in an accounting practice and it was my turn to go fetch food orders for the rest of the staff from the main street below. The take away was down the hill from where we all worked so I sped downstairs and began a quick descent toward the take away. It was raining and the path surface was slick as I ran so my foot slipped and I went tumbling downhill. I knew the staff were out on a balcony overlooking the street where they liked to eat during lunch break so glanced back and up toward the balcony. There they all were clapping and shouting applause. That was the topic of teasing for the next week to my embarrassment as a rookie.

    1. Oh, Ian, I can just envision this scene. It’s easy to laugh now, isn’t it? At the moment, not so easy. But laughter is always a good remedy. Thanks so much for reading and for sharing your moment, too. 🙂

  5. Mother Wintermoon

    Those moments live forever in our minds. I have too many that I don’t care to recall. 😅 Silly giggles are the best!

      1. Mother Wintermoon

        Here’s a giggle for you: One day I was running across the street to get to class on time and my crush was on the other side of the street in front of our high school. I tripped up and fell in the middle of the street just as he turned to look at me. 😂😩😅

  6. I think most of us have some mortifying experience in our pasts. I know I do. One of the times, I spilled coffee on a white sofa during a job interview. I was horrified, Lauren. But I still got the job. Lol. We get over the embarrassment and laughing about it later feels good.

  7. That definitely sent chuckles through me.. 🤭🤭. But these sweet, funny incidents do happen,and yes.. At that moment, we don’t really like it.. But later on.. We laugh about it… 😁. Stay blessed ❤️🌻🙏🤗

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