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?