Monday, December 17, 2007

Putting My Foot In It

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I have a penchant for doing and saying things and embarrassing myself. Seems I am always saying something that comes out all wrong.

One Christmas, when we were still living in Yellville, we woke up to about a foot of snow. We were still young enough to think we were immortal, and snow and ice were not about to keep us at home on Christmas. We set out for DJ's mom's house, which wasn't very far away, after all. As we drove down the dirt road to her house, we noticed a truck blocking the road in front of the house. DJ recognized it as belonging to his sister's boyfriend.

Full of Christmas cheer, we entered the house, and asked MIL who's truck that was. She said it was Ds, and pointed at a closed door.

Like the bull in a china shop that I was and am, I went through the door saying something silly like, "Who's the idiot who put his truck in the middle of the road?" Too late, I realized that I had interrupted a touching moment. D was just about to slip an engagement ring on J's finger.

Oopsy! I congratulated the happy couple and turned to David and said, "Well, now you know what to expect when you marry into this family." Then, I made a very speedy exit.

Fortunately, the happy couple forgave me for ruining their Hallmark moment.

28 comments:

kenju said...

Oh, you couldn't help that one! It was probably hard on them, though....LOL

Karen said...

as a person who always suffers from foot in mouth....I love this story.

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CarmenSinCity said...

NICE!!!!!! ha ha - great timing.

katy said...

love the photo, know how that feels too!
but at least they forgave you, and i bet you were the first to know too!!!

grannymar said...

Smashing story, and I love the image.

Annie said...

I'm imagining the groom-to-be as so anxious and excited about the asking that he couldn't wait to park the truck correctly before rushing into the house.

Betty said...

kenju: Well, I think the groom was a bit rattled. lol

karen and carmensincity: I'm always doing stuff like that. It's no wonder that I never leave the house.

kety: As a matter of fact, I was the first to know.

grannymar: Thanks.

annie: He was nervous, and I probably made it worse. But, as I said, they forgave me - and they're still married.

Nancy said...

Betty,

We all say stupid things now and then.

My boss once asked me to get Mr. Mills on the telephone for him.

I called and asked the Secretary to speak to Mr. Mills and she very gently informed me that Mr Mills had died that morning.

I was so shocked and felt I had to say something, so I blurted out,"Oh, I'm so sorry to hear that, It was nothing serious, I hope."

Kell said...

Well, you just made it into an even more memorable story and a funnier one to tell the grandkids.

gawilli said...

I suffer from the dreaded hoof in mouth disease also. But these days you might find this story on a hallmark card!

Joy Des Jardins said...

As I see it...you just added more fodder to the tale that will be told in years to come. You can never have too many of those humorous, candid moments. That's what keeps us all going Betty.

Tink said...

Bet that taught him from leaving his truck in the middle of the road! ;)

Have a great holiday!

Newt said...

I think it makes the engagement story that much more endearing and memorable. Like the waitress that asked us how our meal tasted though it was untouched and hubster was on bended knee on my side of the table.

Betty said...

nancy: Well, at least you weren't face to face with her.

kell: Be sure to tell Cosette, will you?

gawilli: Oh, those Hallmark cards!

joy: I'm not sure I want to tell very many of those stories, but I probably have a million of them.

tink: I'm not sure he learned much. He's a guy, after all.

newt: DJ proposed to me when I was on the couch in a darkened living room, trying to get rid of a pounding migraine. His timing was even worse than mine.

Anonymous said...

Great timing Betty.

Have a lovely Christmas.

John ... http://oldgit.wordpress.com/

Annie said...

Hi Betty, The school photo in my blog today is indeed of the school you attended. Can you tell me why there's a door marked girls and another marked boys?

Betty said...

annie: I don't remember those doors marked "girld" and "boys". They must have been there, and we just ignored them or something. Maybe when the school was built, they kept the girls and boys separated???

Annie said...

Yes, I'm thinking you're way too young to have been in the generation where boys and girls lined up separately. Do you suppose that school could have built in Archibald Yell's time :>)

And, by the way, Happy Holidays to you and all yours.

Betty said...

John: Thanks. My timing has always been like that. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

CarmenSinCity said...

Just in case I don't talk to you before Christmas - I hope you have a wonderful holiday!!!!!! Be safe and eat lots of yummys.

Alan G said...

Bettie & Annie…..

Almost missed this conversation. Yes….up until around the mid-fifties or so it was common practice, in elementary schools especially, to have separate entrances, stair cases, and playgrounds for the boys and the girls. The primary purpose was actually a matter of “decency” because in those days girls always wore dresses so this separation, especially when stairs, swings, and monkey bars were involved, was a way to ensure things were proper and in good moral taste.

What I find most interesting to note about this is how far we’ve come. Now we’re starting to hand out condoms to those same children. Interesting isn’t it?

Alan G said...

And....

I have not a clue why I spelled Betty with an "ie"!


Perhaps I thought it rhymed better with Annie if spelled that way!! :)

Betty said...

carmen: Have a great trip and a wonderful Christmas.

alan g: You can spell it any way you want. I enjoy hearing from you. Thanks for your comment about the pre-50's schools. You're right, the girls did have to wear dresses, so that would make sense. Although, a glimpse of a little girl's ruffled day-of-the-week panties as she swings on the monkey bars would be tame these days, considering what they wear to school, now - or don't wear.lol

Sister--Three said...

I doubt they even heard you...as they were in their own moment and you were not part of it.

katy said...

Merry Christams Betty have a lovely time x

Kay Dennison said...

LOL A hoof-in-mouth disease moment! I've done the same more than once! Which comedian said, "I only open my mouth to change feet."? Thanks!!!!!

Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2008!

Anonymous said...

What a great and fun story!
Thanks for sharing!

Claude from Blogging in Paris