There aren’t many times in my life where I’ve been embarrassed about something. The few times I have usually came due to my dad yelling, “Boy you better get in this house”, in front of my friends. I never got too embarrassed or angry with my dad, because deep down I knew he was only saving me from some kind of trouble. Then there was the time when I was in the 11th grade and I was friends with a young lady who was in college. One night we were talking on the phone and my calling card ran out. I figured she remembered the rule of, “don’t call me after 11 pm”. I thought I was safe, so I went to shower and get ready for bed; lo and behold, the phone rings. I picked up but something was odd, my mom didn’t yell, “Who is calling here at this time of night?” I must’ve got cocky because I didn’t rush off the phone and it was now almost midnight. All a sudden I hear someone pick up the phone and before I could say goodbye and save face, my mom is on the phone saying, “You know what time it is? Get off this phone.” Silence! I hear a click and I knew deep down I would never talk to Angelica ever again. I was slightly embarrassed but I was more relieved than anything. Angelica was a freshman at East Carolina University, who I happened to meet while trying to get her number for my friend. She was more interested in me. She knew I was in high school still, she just thought I was a senior, haha. I never bothered to correct her because 1) what teenage guy is going to pass up a chance to date a college woman. 2) She was going to school 2 1/2 hours away; which is a long distance when you are in HS. Anyway, my mom saved me the having to tell Angelica I didn’t graduate when June came around because I was only going to the 12th grade.
My most embarrassing moment happened when I was in the 7th grade. My middle school building was two stories and the entire 7th grade was upstairs. I hated this because the only time we went downstairs was for lunch, gym, our electives (maybe), and to go home. Any chance I got to go downstairs I would savor it and take my time getting back to class. One of these days, I was asked to take our class attendance down to the main office. “Oh Joy! I am out this joint.” As I head downstairs, I decide to channel my intra Tom Cruise from “Risky Business”. (Although, I never seen the movie at that point of my life, I did see ads with the clip of Tom Cruise sliding down the banister from the movie). I jumped on the banister and slide down but there’s one issue, I’m going way too fast. I try to land on my feet when I touch the ground but my momentum was too fast. I slid half-way the 8th grade hall. I get up everything is great, no one saw me. Then I hear laughing; I look back and see the whole 8th grade class looking and laughing at me. Even the 8th grade teachers were laughing at me. I just turned and head to the main office. Good thing was I didn’t have to face the 8th grade class as I went back to my class. Maybe they will forget what they saw. Nope!!
As I went to lunch that day many of the 8th graders got their laughs on at my expense. When we came back from lunch, my friend has a note for me. The note read, “Hi Vid, I saw you sliding down the hall this morning, I think you handled it well. I also think you are cute and I would like you to call me…..” “Hotdog! I just got a girlfriend off of the most embarrassing moment of my life”.
From that moment, I always looked for the silver-lining in every situation and I hardly get embarrassed because I always see the bigger picture.
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