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?