When I was in high school, my class took a field trip to see “My Fair Lady.” I had never seen a musical before, but I knew that it was appropriate to wear something nice to the theater. One the day of the trip, I wore my red and black paisley shirt, black pants, and patent leather shoes (keep in mind I was an 80s kid). At school, the other kids were poking fun at me because they thought I was overdressed. I didn’t pay attention to them because I knew I a sharp dressed man.
We loaded the bus after lunch to catch a 2pm matinee. Before we left, my teacher realized that she had forgotten something in her classroom and asked me to go retrieve it. I jumped from my seat and ran through the corridor to the classroom. In my haste, I failed to see the large puddle of water in my path. FYI – Water + Patent leather shoes = Disaster. I slipped, flipped over and slid across the concrete. I was not hurt, but I outfit was soaked. Worst of all, I knew that I would be greeted with a chorus of laughter when I returned to the bus. I contemplated sitting in the classroom for the rest of the day, but I knew my teacher would come looking for me.
I eventually headed back to the bus with short, slow steps. As I got closer to the bus, I could see faces pressed against the window awaiting my return. The laughter started before I even reached the bus. My body grew warm and tense. I really didn’t want to get back on the bus.
When I finally boarded the bus, everyone burst into laughter. People were pointing and chuckling. I handed the teacher her things and quickly sat down.The teacher quieted the kids and sat next to me. She comforted me and I started to feel a little better even though my clothes were still wet. Thankful I managed to dry out by the time we reached the theater. I don’t remember much about the show because I keep replaying the previous events of the day over and over in my head.
This experience is probably the reason why I hate musical theater to this day.
Question: What was your most embarrassing moment?