Uncomfortable situations, I have experience a number of them. I think I could write a book on the subject just with the ones my son made me endure.
At the daycare…
After the day’s work. While I help my son put on his snow suit, he watches a mother talking to one of the educators. Both are laughing loudly. All of a sudden, my son says: “MOMMMMM, Maxime’s mother has yellow teeth.” “Of course not sweetheart and we do not say such things.” I replied. ”Why? It’s true. Look!” He adds pointing at the lady.
Note: The mother and the educator were not laughing anymore and I just wanted to disappear as fast as possible.
At the dentist…
To prevent my 7-year-old son from over-reacting to the intense light while the dentist cleans and examines his teeth, I make him wear sunglasses (he’s anxious and photo-sensitive). The dentist who knows him well said in a very authoritative tone: “Well now that you look very cool, open your mouth and stay calm.” My son replied: “It would help if you put on your mask because you have a really smelly breath.”
Note: The dentist had eaten bruschetta with garlic at lunch and he had failed to brush his teeth.
The most embarrassing situation, however, occurred long before the birth of my son. I was 18 years old.
To the beach…
I’m there with a friend and her brother. The sky is blue and we are relaxing on the sand. Someone hands us a brochure and offers us to try water skiing. Why not? There are too many people on the beach anyway. We decided to flip a coin to determine who will be first. It’s me. What luck! My new little bikini brings me good luck, no doubt. My friend and her brother are settling into the boat while I am getting ready for my initiation to water skiing. Despite my many attempts to get out of the water, I cannot stay on the surface for long. The boat does not seem to be starting fast enough or it’s slowing down too fast. After fifteen attempts, I succeed and proudly look at my friends. They both laughed like hyenas. I thought they were making fun of me because I was not very good, but still I was hoping for a little more encouragement. Until I realized the reason for their laughter: I was no longer wearing the bottom of my bikini. I was water skiing buttocks in the air! I immediately dropped into the water and never did water skiing again. Today, when I think about it I find it funny, but on the spot I was a little embarrassed to the idea that the brother of my friend had seen much more than my buttocks.
Note: Fortunately, this happened in the 80s. At the time, cell phones did not exist. If I decide to go water skiing ever again, I don’t need to be reminded to wear a one-piece swimsuit!
The next edition of When Fashion and Nature Collide includes many photos in swimsuit coz the theme of the month of August is the ocean. Mark your calendars, it’s on August 15th. Hope you’ll come laugh, love and embrace life with us!
For those of you who are wondering. Nope. I did not do any water skiing for the shoot. But I went diving and we encountered a reef shark! I will tell you more about it soon.
What is the most embarrassing situation you have ever been in? I’m dying to know.
Original idea and storyboard by Dominique Nancy of 3C Style – Illustration by Angie Ordonez @thexostudio_
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