Today at lunchtime we were having a conversation about the most embarrassing things that have ever happened to us. With women, this usually involves high heel shoes. One of my co-workers told us a story of how, on her first day of college she was wearing a miniskirt and a pair of high heel boots, thinking she looked really "hot". As she sauntered up the staircase, she tripped and fell just as she reached the top step, and there she lay, sprawled for the whole world to see. I can relate. For my high school graduation, the principal of our school announced that the girls were to wear white dresses only. My mother made me a beautiful white brocade dress, ballerina length with a boat neckline. I felt like Cinderella in that dress. My mother loaned me a pair of her white shoes to wear with it. When the dancing started, my date asked me to dance, and as I walked to the dance floor, the heel broke off my shoe. Time stood still and I was mortified. But I took off my shoes and danced anyway, and everyone else followed suit, and kicked off their shoes as well. Somehow I managed to save the turn the moment around.
Several years ago a friend and I went to see Neil Diamond. Before the concert, we decided to go to the Four Seasons Hotel for a light supper. They had an informal restaurant there, overlooking a plaza. We chose one of the banquet tables next to the window and had a bite to eat. As we got up to leave, my friend walked ahead of me to pay the bill, and as I walked past the table next to ours, I saw Neil Diamond sitting there having his dinner as well. As I got past his table, I heard a voice saying, "Excuse me ... excuse me ... you have something on your shoe. Let me help you..." And then Neil Diamond leaned down and removed a white linen Four Seasons Hotel napkin that I had been dragging on the heel of my shoe.
As we got to the door, my friend said, "Was that who I thought it was!?" and I said, "Oh, lord-luv-a-duck... yessss....."
The only good thing about life's embarrassing moments is that we all have them -- some of us more than others.
Here's one of my favorite Neil Diamond songs.