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Saturday, August 8, 2009

The Drawer-Dropping Incdident


This cartoon brought back two memories: an embarrassing moment, and a very dear departed friend.
I spent 17 years as a classroom teacher, the last 9 of those were in the same high school as Tyler. He had a quick wit, a wonderful sense of humor, and a very kind heart. This was back in the 80's in Maine. We both taught business subjects, and our classrooms were adjacent. Tyler was gay in a time even less tolerant of homosexuals than the present. He had not "come out," but those of us who were close to him were aware of it. I only mention it because I wish he could have openly been himself and had a partner. I suspect his private life was very lonely. He left teaching eventually and moved to Florida, and we kept in touch via lengthy phone calls. In one of those phone calls, he shared with me what I already knew, that he was a lonely, gay man. He lost a battle with cancer a few years later and it made me very sad to think he died without a loving companion at his side.
Well now to the embarrassing moment: One morning I arrived at school at the same time as Tyler. We were walking from the parking lot to the school building, when Ty looked down and said, "What the heck is hanging out of your pant leg?" I looked down, and a pair of panty hose apparently had gone through the dryer with my slacks. The resulting 'static cling' had kept the panty hose in my slacks when I slipped them on. (the slacks, not the panty hose). The hose had chosen this time to escape down my pant leg to freedom.
"How could she not have noticed," you ask? Well, I had a 45-minute commute to school and liked to arrive around 7:00 a.m. to have a few minutes of sanity in which to mentally prepare for the day. This meant rising, showering, and getting dressed very early in the morning. So a minor detail like an extra pair of panty hose in my pant leg just didn't catch my attention---at that hour I tended to operate on auto pilot.
So here I was, walking across the parking lot with a pair of panty hose falling out of my slacks. I scooped them up quickly and stashed them in my purse, while we both laughed hysterically. Thank goodness Tyler noticed, else I would have probably been remembered as the teacher who dropped her panty hose in front of a classroom full of high school students. I NEVER would have lived that one down!
Does anybody else have an embarrassing moment to share?

16 comments:

Mikki Black said...

Oh my goodness. That happened to me, too, only I WAS in front of a high school class, and it WAS underpants! Gasp! Good thing it was the very beginning and they weren't paying attention yet and I had a big desk to hide behind! The horror.

mzbehavin said...

this was a lovely tribute to your friend......

and who hasn't had the panty hose experience????

Seriously.... I'm asking.... cause I've done this....... MORE THAN ONCE.....

:-)

KrisGC said...

I am sorry for the loss of your friend, he sounded like a wonderful person. The most recent embarrassing thing that has happened to me was last summer. I was doing an internship at a group home teenage unwed mothers, I had just started and we had a staff meeting, with about 15 to 18 people attending. On my way there I had gotten a big coffee freeze which had whipped cream and ground coffee beans on top (which I don't like, but they put it on). Anyway, I drank it during the meeting and talked with everyone a few minutes before leaving. When I got to my car I looked in the mirror and those ground coffee beans were on my nose and all over my chin and no one told me! So was I like that during the whole meeting? Uhhggg!

Theta Mom said...

I think we all have a panty hose story at some point! LOL
I was also a classroom teacher for many years. With that alone, we could write a book! Thanks for stopping by my blog today and for leaving a comment. :)

La Belle Mere UK said...

I work as a seating assessor and regularly recommend ergonomic back care chairs for workers with bad backs and also many who are pregnant. I'm usually taken around large offices to visit various people with problems and I don't usually know until I talk to them what the problem is. I have, on a couple of occasions, assumed that somebody was pregnant and that was why they needed an assessment. "Soooo, I see you're pregnant - congratulations!!" is not a good why to start a conversation with somebody who isn't actually pregnant. I keep my gob firmly closed now until I know for sure! Even when I think it's completely obvious!!

So I managed to track down your blog eventually! Thanks for stopping by my blog today!!!! Stick around - I know it's a few years too late but I'll bet you have lots of experience and advice to share with us (even if you don't think you have!).

knit1kids4 said...

That is hilarious. I've had my moments too.... can't think of one right now though.

Thanks for visiting me!

Rae said...

I imagine the biggest embarrassment was dragging some toilet paper behind me that was attached to the bottom of my shoe. It wasn't just a small piece. It was about 5 foot long and I carried through the halls on my way to classes in college. Nothing like being known as the toilet paper queen. It was a tough one to live down.

Sandy said...

I can so imagine that happening! But I don't recall anything quite like that ever happening to me. Probably has and I've suppressed the memory!

Nice tribute to Tyler. Probably many stories like that. Thanks for stopping by.

Patty said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. I love your sense of humor. I'm sorry about your friend Tyler. It's true that times are so different now.

Thanks for sharing your embarrassing moment. I have too many of those too.

Jen said...

Great tribute to Tyler, Eva. I know he was a good friend to you. Do I have an embarrassing moment...hhhhmmm!!!! Can't think of any!!!! lol

Canadian Blend said...

I've never had a panty hose problem, but I've gone to work, more than once, with my shirt on inside out. One time a buddy told me about it at 3 in the afternoon... by then I'd gone to work, made a trip to an electronics store, gone to lunch, and returned to work. I like to think the shirt is of such a color that nobody noticed it was on inside out.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I fell out of a door once. ;)

Thanks so much for the visit! I love the little newspaper bird in your banner. :)

Life with Kaishon said...

This is such a funny story. I was blog hopping tonight and drawn in by your name! Eva has always been one of my favorites : ) It reminds me of warm Grandma hugs!

I am sad that your friend was lonely. I wish that there was no loneliness in our world. Lonely is such a hard thing to be! At least he had you!

So nice to meet you!

Amy said...

I just wanted to say Thanks for stopping by my place today. I hope you have a wonderful Sunday. I have had things stuck to me and that have come out of my pants because they have stuck to me from the dyer. I am glad I am not the only one.

Mama Mel said...

I think something similar has happened to me before too. Pantyhose can be very "clingy". ;) I usually get dryer sheets stuck in my pants. :)

Joy said...

That's a true friend for you! So sorry to hear that he has passed away. He sounded like a great person.