When I read the topic idea for this month I had mixed reactions.
First, I cringed—goodness, why would I want to relive embarrassing moments?
Then, I chuckled—having fun remembering all my embarrassing moments.
And if you ask my kids, there are plenty of them.
Finally, I grew pensive—hmm, which one should I choose?
After a while I realized, I’m a romance writer with heroines who often find themselves in embarrassing situations.
So, let me share a moment that I probably would have rather written about than experienced.
After a decades-long marriage that ended several years ago, it’s taken me a while to feel “ready” to get back in the dating scene. With my kids off to college, I’m on my own for the first time in ages.
That’s liberating, but also a little nerve-wracking.
I actually had to work up the confidence to do things like go to the movies on my own, or head out to dinner and request a table for one (honestly, I usually take my writing or read a book). But go out to a pub for a drink on my own?
So picture this scene:
A young—okay not so young, but go with me here…What about this?
A young-ish newly single woman heads to a local pub to meet up with some friends. She’s coming from a university campus event, dressed in team colors and sportsfan shoes that might be a little over the top for anything but an alumni event.
She’s talking on the phone with a friend as she drives to the pub, and while waiting at a red light, decides to slip off her sportsfan sandals and slip on a pair of simple ones she brought along. You know, tone down her outfit a bit.
The light turns green, the young-ish woman drives away and arrives at the pub.
Her friends text; they’re delayed.
She takes a deep breath, reminding herself that she’s an independent woman and can certainly go in alone. After moment of hesitation, she heads in to order a drink at the bar and wait for a table to open up.
Twenty minutes her nervously scanning the area, but failing to recognize anyone go by. And still, her friends haven’t arrived.
Nearby, a woman accidentally drops her pint glass. It hits the tile floor and shatters. A pub employee rushes over to sweep up the mess.
The young—darn—young-ish woman sticks out her foot to point out a large, jagged piece of glass near her. That’s when she notices the shoe she’s pointing has a puffy blue flower on top of it.
It’s a sportsfan sandal. Just like the one she slipped off at the red…
A quick glance down alerts her to the fact that yes, she did slip off the right shoe and put on a simple white sandal. But her left foot still has the sportsfan sandal with the BIG BLUE GO TEAM FLOWER.
Cut to the young-ish woman surreptitiously setting down her own pint glass,
and then slinking out the side door to rush back to her car!
Talk about embarrassing moments!
Thankfully, this fabulously strong young-ish woman quickly changes her sandals. Takes an evaluative deep breath.
Stares at her reflection in her rearview mirror. And laughs.
Then, she freshens up her lipstick, gives herself a little wink, and heads back into the pub.
The fun is just beginning!
So, now it’s your turn!!!
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