Monday, March 7, 2016

OOPS


Sometimes we just inadvertently put our foot in our mouth. Usually it is just embarrassing but sometimes we do damage.

I went to my local store to get my lonely lotto ticket on Monday and got to witness such a moment. Fortunately, this time it wasn't me tasting toes.

I was chatting with the Annie behind the counter who is  a neighbor.  She is always friendly, open and a welcome visit.  Someone we both knew came in and we both greeted him warmly.

With a big grin Annie asked. "Hi Paul.  Have you and your wife all ready spent the $300 she won on that scratch off ticket Friday?"

At first he looked blank, then he adopted a look that was a cross between hurt and anger. "What $300 winnings?" he asked tightly.

When Annie turned wide eyed towards me, it didn't take a lip reader to realize she was mouthing,"Oh, s*it."

Quickly however she put a spin on the blunder. "Oh dummy me. I guess I just spoiled her surprise."

At that possibility, he cheered up, paid for his gas and left---probably straight for home.

After I saw him drive off, I suggested she call the lady and let her know she was now committed to surprising her husband with the money that we both hoped she still had.   I didn't stay for Annie's confession or the outcome of the story. I just hoped it ended peacefully.

Have you ever inadvertently spilled beans that weren't yours to spill?

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  1. I know that I have but can't think of anything right now. If and when I do I will return. Meanwhile I think there is going to be a lot more to Annie's blooper. Yikes!!

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    1. Hopefully she really was planning to buy him something special that he had always wanted. Wishful thinking.

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  2. Oh dear! I do hope this turned out well for everybody. And yes I've definitely spilled beans that were not mine to spill. How come none of this come to mind right now? Must be my built in security system. :-)

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    1. Ha ha, think you are right. Some things we just want to forget.

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  3. That sounds foot in mouth up to the knee cap. I hope it all worked out.

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    1. Olga,
      Think you are right. Sometimes we choke on that foot.

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  4. She won it. It's her $300 (and I hope he agrees)!

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    1. I'm on your team but kind of doubt he would be so understanding. But you never know.

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  5. Whoops!
    Nothing comes to mind, but I try to be extra careful.
    Hope you're feeling better.

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    1. I know. I do too but you never know when a simple slip will upset the cart.

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  6. The aftertaste of foot is hard to remove. The end of this tale could go so many ways!

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    1. You bet it could and it is interesting thinking of the possible scenarios. Some more fun than others.

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  7. Oh my goodness. Haven't witnessed that one. Have a couple of times witnessed someone asking a woman when her baby was due only to learn she wasn't pregnant.

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    1. Ha ha, that one scares me enough that the woman needs to show me her prenatal vitamins before I congratulate her.

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  8. That's quite an "oops" moment. I don't remember having one like that, but that might be because I've blocked it from my memory!

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    1. robin,
      Sometimes blocking is healthy. Pretty sure I do that too.

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  9. I told my brand new (at the time) daughter-in-law that her husband got the job he was looking for. I didn't know he hadn't told her yet!!

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    1. Oh yes, that was a big Oops. Of course if she had told you not to tell-----

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  10. When I was a kid I spilled the beans by accidentally blurting out to my cousin that she was about to be surprised with a wedding shower.

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    1. Ha ha, pretty sure from then on you only got information on a need to know basis.

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  11. That was a real OOPS moment. Right now I can't remember one of mine, but I'm sure I have had a few.

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    1. Inger,
      Sometimes I think our minds do us a favor and misfile those times.

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  12. I hope you find out if the wife actually planned to tell the husband about her winnings.

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    1. Carolyn,
      So far there have been no domestic disturbances reported so maybe she really was planning to surprise him. Hope so anyway.

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  13. Yikes! And it got me thinking about some of my own verbal blunders. Not good...:(

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    1. TB,
      How easy it is to step into a blunder isn't it?

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  14. Oh I still remember the time, years ago, I asked my doctor's receptionist when her baby was due. She tightly replied that she'd already had it. Oops! Gosh did I felt bad about that. I hadn't heard the news and she hadn't lost any of her baby fat yet, so it was hard to tell! I do hope the husband wasn't too mad that the wife hadn't told him about her win!

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    1. Sadly that happens a lot. I have even congratulated a friend I hadn't seen a years on the pending baby. Yep--no baby on board.

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  15. More often than I care to admit. The one slip that I think is the funniest is this:
    I started working as a teller/customer service representative at the bank in late fall. One of the regular customers always came in wearing his snowmobile suit (basically a one piece winter jacket/pants outfit). When spring came and he showed up at the bank in just a light jacket and jeans I said to him, "hi XXX, I almost didn't recognize you without your clothes on". He was a very shy guy and I'm not sure which one of us was most embarrassed by my comment!

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    1. Eileen,
      Ha ha, for most guys, that would have been fun. For the shy--painful. At least you probably gave his reputation a boost among his guy friends.

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  16. I can't think of when I might have done that, but in someone else's eyes I might be guilty.

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    1. Linda R.
      That is a good point. We don't always know when we have crossed the line. If that guy hadn't acted surprised by the $300, we would have never known.

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  17. Uuuummmmm...

    Unfortunately, embarrassingly, I have tasted my toes a few times. I think it's a few. I hope it's a few.

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  18. I just read your post to Art because he loves everything you write just like me. He asked me if I remembered a time I put my foot in my mouth. When I said, "No." He said with a smile, "What about the time you asked the lady when she was due? And she wasn't pregnant."

    He WOULD remember that!

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    1. Kay,
      Ah, having a husband with a good memory keeps one in line. Good one Art.

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  19. Huh, oh! A real big oops moment for sure. Oh yes, I have done that a few times I am sure. Not long ago I was talking with someone and mentioned something that I thought he already knew about...oops, he had not heard a word. I asked him to just act like he knew nothing if and when he was told about it. It worked out okay. Whew!!! Hugs sweet Patti

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    1. Maggie,
      Lucky you. You found a willing guy who was hopefully a good actor. Good save.

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  20. Oh wow, that sounds like something me and my big mouth would do!

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    1. Terri,
      Join the club. I don't think it is too exclusive.

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  21. Ouch! That would indeed leave teeth marks on the tongue! Yes, I accidentally blurted out that my brother-in-law had gone streaking the night before. We were at his grandmother's wake. I have no idea what misfired that made my brain shut down and my tongue fire up at the same instant. That was 40+ years ago and I still feel bad about it.

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    1. Mary lee,
      Wow, yours really has a long shelf life.
      I have the curse to laugh at funerals at the darndest things. Pretty sure I would have laughed at that.

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  22. Poor Annie ... I do hope she called and forewarned the wife. Maybe she can make it into an exciting gift for him.

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    1. Ha ha, if she is smart she will. Hopefully that is what she had planned all along.

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  23. I'm extra-vigilant about foot in mouth disease!

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    1. Me too but even with care, sometimes those toes creep in.

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