A to Z challenge: B for Blunders and bloopers

Personal experiences, incidents and smiles

I have shared this incident before too and I hope to make you smile with it again.

As I may have mentioned before that I am an extremely clumsy person. You can say a klutz! So the incidents, like walking away with somebody’s shopping cart in the grocery store or walking away with the luggage of a stranger in the airport ( mistakenly ) happen way too often with me. These are events of a minor embarrassing scale!

And then there are the ( not so )memorable occasions when I am on the verge of walking out of the shop without paying for my scoop of ice cream or leaving my shopping behind in some secluded corner of the mall and then hunting all over for it! Or when I sat in the back seat of someone’s car, thinking that it was my daughter’s. These are the sort of “accidents ” that have happened to me often!

This episode that I am going to tell you about was a grade-A blooper, even for me. It happened when I went to watch a movie with my husband. During the movie, I had to take a restroom break. I made my way along the row of seats, trod on a few toes( Ooops! I did say I am a klutz), and went on my way. When I came back, I was a little lost for a bit as the theater was quite dark. Eventually, I found my seat. As I had missed a few minutes of the movie, I was concentrating on the screen. I moved my hand towards the popcorn bucket sitting in the holder between my seat and that of my husband. My hand was strangely ( and strongly) pushed aside. In surprise and with a bit of irritation I turned toward my husband to ask what was the problem with sharing the bucket. Just at that moment, a brighter scene started to play on the screen. The person sitting next to me was now quite visible! To my intense embarrassment, I found myself looking at the face of a stranger. I was in the wrong row, in someone else’s seat. The man was looking quite belligerently at me. He thought that I was taking liberties with him. Can you imagine how much of a fool I felt? On top of it when I suddenly jumped up from the seat to go to my own, the movement knocked the popcorn bucket and it all fell to the ground. In utter confusion, saying my apologies I just walked out of the theater and waited outside for the movie to finish ( luckily it was almost over by then).

My husband had witnessed the scene and had wisely decided to stay in the theater so as not to cause any more commotion. When he came out he was finding it hard to hide his amusement. I was very embarrassed and was chiding myself for the bungling. But now when I think back it does seem funny (in addition to being embarrassing).

When I was younger, these sorts of incidents used to make me miserable for days at times, cursing myself for my clumsiness. Now that I am a mature sensible ( I think so! ) person, I can laugh at these moments and also at myself. I think to be able to take oneself lightly, lessen the stress of daily life.

How do you deal with embarrassing situations in life?



86 thoughts on “A to Z challenge: B for Blunders and bloopers

  1. Oh my goodness, I would have died of embarrassment!!! But you’re right, when we get older we’re more able to laugh at ourselves πŸ™‚

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  2. I love this story and that you’re brave enough to tell it. If something like that happened to me, I’d like to think I’d have the presence of mind to act like I was doing it all on purpose, and you know, look at the guy like “what’s your problem?” But I probably wouldn’t…

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  3. Reminds me of when I had to hurriedly change planes in an airport and rushed into the restroom. I was washing my hands and looked up and saw a man behind me and I said β€œI think sir that you have the wrong roomβ€œ and then I noticed behind him was a set of urinals. I grabbed my stuff and ran out of there hoping I would never see that Mark person againβ€”so embarrassing πŸ˜΅β€πŸ’«

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  4. Funny movie theater blooper now, but pretty upsetting at the time. Glad you can laugh about it now. Well, from one klutz to another, here’s one of mine. Grocery store pushing basket cart, didn’t see puddle of liquid laundry soap spilled, so I slipped and fell. Cart fell on top of me, and the floor was so slick I could barely get up. And no one came to help!! I was soaked from head to toe, but sure smelled good. haha! πŸ™‚

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