Monday, December 28

How Embarrassing!

This week's topic is Embarrassing Moments. Or at least I think it is. My husband tossed out my December calendar where I'd written the topic and so I guess if I'm wrong, I can just add this to my long list of embarrassments.


My mom is here visiting and she suggested I write about what she considers my most embarrassing moment so here goes ...


When I was in Jr. High, I had a major crush on a guy who lived at the bottom of our cul-de-sac. His name was Keith and we're guessing he was a good 8 years my senior. He had dark skin, hair about the same deep-tan color, light eyes, and a great body. One day, which happened to be the day before we were heading to Rocky Mountain National Park for a family reunion, I noticed that he was washing his red Jeep Wrangler with his shirt off. (Think Jacob in New Moon, haha!) Word was, he was heading off to college. Now, I've always been the show-off type around boys, trying to get their attention by being athletic and daring and crazy. So I hopped on my dad's VERY old bike, my sister sat on the back, and I whizzed up and down the street as fast as I could. We were having a great time. Until the bike started shaking and my sister flew off the back. I was trying to stop but the brakes wouldn't work and I turned around to see if she was okay and crashed RIGHT IN FRONT OF KEITH. This wasn't just any ol' bike crash. I think I left a good 1/3 of my skin on the road. My sister had escaped all injury, thankfully, but I was a bloody mess. I tried not to cry as Keith asked me over and over if I was okay. I brushed myself off, leaving the bike in the street, and hobbled up to my house. I didn't realize how badly I was bleeding until I walked into my house, where all my family (including aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins) came rushing over to me, talking about whether or not I needed to go to the E.R. (I did.) After holding it in for so long, I just started bawling. "Oh my God, I'm so embarrassed!" I wailed. "I just fell off Dad's bike in front of KEITH!"


I have major scars all over my body from that fall. And as for Keith, though I'm sure he did notice me that day, I'm afraid he didn't fall in love with me or anything romantic like that. In fact, while he was away at college his family moved away and I never saw him again.



Did you ever do anything crazy or dangerous to get the attention of a certain person? I'd love to hear about it!

11 comments:

Alissa said...

Many, many moons ago there was a guy who I was completely obsessed with. He used to come into the place where I worked, and I had talked to him there, nothing beyond the usual employee customer thing. I looked up his phone number in our computer, and one day from a blocked telephone number called him. Of course, there was no way I could say anything when he answered, so I hung up. I guess this isn't that embarrassing, but I always felt like he somehow knew I was the hangup call. Anyway, I moved away not long after that and never saw him again.

Sara Hantz said...

Yikes...... I can't top that for embarrassing moments....

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Lindsay Champion said...

Aww! Did you ever talk to Keith again? I'm sure he would be very flattered that you tried so hard to impress him.

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Anonymous said...

Dumb things I said to one g/f:

When I went off to college years ago, I met a girl in my English class, & we began dating. After a few dates, she said,"I think we also go to the same church". She said she sings in the choir, and was disguised in her ankle-length robe. I said, "Sorry - I didn't recognize you in your robe".

A few weeks later, she asked why I avoided speaking to her in our "Swimming & Life-saving" class. I said, "Sorry - I didn't recognize you without your clothes".

We had a date for a big dance one Friday night. My room-mate let me borrow his car, so this was almost my first 'car' date. When we drove back to her dorm, only a few minutes before her curfew [when the dorm was locked up, & late arrivals were written up].

She gave me my first kiss - a French kiss - & I opened my eyes after a couple of minutres, to look at the clock - wondering how long we could hold this tender moment. Zero hour had arrived.

I broke off the kiss, & said, "I'd better get you safely inside your dorm, before I get you in trouble".

She was very cool the following weeks. I repeated in my mind every thing I could remember about what was said during that important date. Mostly, I just remembered that long kiss, that had left me so thrilled & excited during the last precious moments.

It was weeks later before I realized the double meaning of my "... before I get you in trouble" remark.

I got to prctice "saving" her in swim class one day, but she was less enthusiastic than I was with the 'cross-chest-carry' life-saving technique I chose. She
was supposed to struggle, but I had large hands, and a firm grip.

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Wendy Toliver said...

Alissa, that's a good one. I think we all have hang-up moments, either on the phone or in person when you just have to run and hide. :)
Sara, lucky you!
Lindsay, no I never talked to him again. I don't even know his last name! (I was 12 when he lived in my neighborhood).
Anonymous, that is a great story. I love how you opened your eyes to check the time when you got your first kiss.

Amanda Ashby said...

Wendy - omg, that is so funny and I know I shouldn't laugh but I can't help it!!! As for me, all embarrassing incidents have been erased from my mind in a serious case of denial, otherwise I would've loved to have shared them with you!!!!!!

Melissa Walker said...

Wendy, I've had some bad ones, but for physical comedy you WIN!

Stephanie Kuehnert said...

Wendy, definitely embarrassing but at the same time, kudos to brave show-off you! I was always too scared to make it known to boys that I liked them or show off in front of them. I just took walks past their houses... only dangerous because I probably did it so often their neighbors thought they had stalkers!

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