The other day I met a friend out for happy hour. I got there first and grabbed a table, and when I went to the bar to order a beer the bartender asked me, “Are you 21?” Being 34, I showed him my ID and said “And then some.” To which he replied, “Well you be sure to call your mama tonight and thank her.”
I gave sort of a half-hearted chuckle. If it was a joke I didn’t get it, and I really just wanted to get back to my table with my beer. But I continued to mull it over. What an odd thing to say…thank my mother…for giving birth to me 34 years ago? Um…okay…I guess…
It wasn’t until several minutes later that it dawned on me – he must have thought I said “I’m handsome”! :eek: :smack: :o
I was mortified! What a jerk he must think I am. So then I couldn’t decide whether it would be more embarrassing to let him continue to think that, or to go back to him and say “Excuse me, um…I didn’t say what I think you think I said…”
I thought about it so long that any window there might have been where it would have been remotely reasonable to do that closed, and I ended up not doing it.
Please give me company in my embarrassment and tell me about times when being misunderstood made you look foolish.