Wednesday, April 1, 2009
"Learn to laugh at yourself and your mistakes." ~ Anyonymous
Ever heard someone say, "I'm not laughing at you, I'm laughing with you!?" Yeah, right, is what I am thinking most of the time someone says that! "And I was born in a barn" is what I want to say!
Well, if I can just embarass myself a couple of more times really well, then I will have enough embarassing moments to write about that I believe it might very well make a New York Times best seller list! Seriously! Most of them, you would not even believe if I COULD write about them on this blog (I will spare you most of them, because once was enough! I don't want to re-embarass myself to the world!)
This one moment, however, I must share...for your laughing pleasure (and, yes, to embarass myself), but as the quote above reminds us: it's good to laugh at yourself and your mistakes! Mistake, it certainly was, though not a purposeful one!
Years ago I began seeing a chiropractor for neck problems causing extreme headaches! A guy that I had gone to school with, Gary, had become a chiropractor, so I decided to make see him. I had been going to several months and the Christmas season came along. Every Christmas for years, my parents hosted a "Holiday Open House" for our dearest of friends, and my sisters and I would spend days cooking for this event! Everything from country ham and biscuits (I can smell the countr ham now!) to chocolate peanut butter squares, to wedding cookies, to cheese dip and sausage balls....suffice it to say it was a real feast and usually about 75-100 people came annually.
One year I prepared a plate of goodies to take to Steve's office the next day to give he and his sister (his assistant) a little Christmas Gift. That morning, I picked the foil covered plate up and stuck a bow on it. When I arrived for my appointment, I handed his sister the plate and wished them a "Merry Christmas". She thanked me; I went back for my adjustment, Steve spoke, and after the visit, he wished me a Merry Christmas and sent me on my way. I was a bit hurt that neither he nor his sister thanked me for the goody plate!
"Share your embarrassing experiences with others. What was totally devastating at the time can be hilarious after the fact" ~ Anonymous
When I returned home that afternoon, my Mom mentioned that I had forgotten to take the plate of goodies to Steve. I told her that I did NOT forget; I took them. She reiterated that the plate was still on the kitchen counter. I reiterated yet again that I had, indeed, taken the plate and given to them. She insisted that it was still on the kitchen counter. So....not wanting to argue further, I went to the kichen, saw the plate she was referring to, took the foil off, and....lo and behold, there truly was the plate of goodies meant for Steve! You can imagine what was going through my mind at that time!
Mom and I began to banter back and forth about what I must have taken to Steve! We knew there was only 1 plate of goodies; yet I had taken a foil covered plate, sitting right where I had placed his plate the night before, to him...we were baffled!
Time passes that day; about an hour later I hear my Mother laughing hysterically, as she shouted from the other room, "Lisa, I figured out what was on the plate you took to Steve's office!" As I approached her, tears were about to fall from her eyes, she was laughing so hard! "You took the plate of ham fat scraps Dad had put together to give the dogs today!" I was shocked and horrified; yet couldnt' help but laughing hysterically myself!
After I calmed down a bit, I called their office. When his sister answered, I identified myself; then asked, "Why in the world did you all not say somthing about that plate of supposed goodies I brought you! I'm so embarassed and so sorry!" She chuckled and said, "Well, Steve just got a new dog (like I would have known that, so we just thought perhaps you brought that for his dog!" Uh-huh, I bet she did!
I apologized profusely and assured her that my younger sister was going into town that afternoon and would bring the correct plate by to them...which she did and I NEVER went back to Steve again. I found mysef another chiropractor (and it only got worse from there, but that's for another post! No, wait....I WON'T post about it; just know that there is something about going to a chiropractor that brings out the worst in me...or maybe the best, as I seem to be able to give them all a laugh about something!)
So, there you go! Now I KNOW you are laughing out loud! Oh, 'scuse me! LOL! Forgive me for not using the correct internet shorthand!
Blessings on your day and your week, and may it be full of fun and laughter!
"Don't be afraid to do something silly once in a while. Let the child, the clown escape from within and have some fun." ~ Anonymous
I would love to hear an embarrassing moment you have had to laugh at yourself....
Posted by Lolli (aka Lisa) at 7:17 AM