Godbey: Awkward moments happen to all of us

Published 12:30 pm Tuesday, October 24, 2023

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By Jack Godbey


No matter how hard we try, we all find ourselves experiencing those awkward moments from time to time that leave us embarrassed and wishing we could disappear. I wish I could say that these moments are far and few between for me, but I have had my share of these moments. For example, I was at Walmart the other day and a young lady looked in my direction and waved as if I was her best friend. I thought for a moment, “Am I crazy or do I have no clue who this person is?” Not wanting to appear rude, I returned the smile and waved back at her, only to realize she was actually waving at the girl behind me. I quickly transformed the wave into a stretch, pretending I wasn’t waving at all.

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A co-worker wished me a happy birthday, and without thought, I responded, “You too.” I could feel the awkwardness flush into my body as we both just pretended that I didn’t say it.

I took a day off, and my wife texted me and asked what I was doing. I texted back “I’m doing Lauren.” It didn’t take me long to realize that auto-correct had screwed me over and I screamed, “Laundry, I’m doing Laundry” as I tried to correct the text as quickly as I could. What’s the deal auto-correct? Are you trying to get me killed?

I remember back in 1986, I was fresh out of high school and went on a job interview at a local business. I felt like I had aced the interview and was confident I had the job. Once the interview was over, I stood up and shook everyone’s hands but mistook the janitor’s closet for the exit and walked right in and closed the door behind me. I debated just staying in there until the place closed, but finally, I came out and pretended that I meant to check out their janitor’s closet, but the awkwardness in the room was thicker than a bowl of oatmeal. Needless to say, I did not get the job.

With winter just around the corner, I decided to go coat shopping. Not finding anything I liked, I was excited when I saw the perfect coat lying on the floor. I picked it up and tried it on and as I admired myself in the mirror, I saw someone mean mugging me. Come to find out, it was the coat of a customer trying on it themselves. I couldn’t say a word. I just handed the coat back and walked away. I decided to cut my losses, gave up coat shopping, and went to the drive-thru to order some lunch. I quickly found what I wanted and made my order. Strangely, no one answered me, so I ordered it again. By now, I’m getting aggravated and ordered a third time. This time with a much sterner voice. Suddenly, I heard a distant voice say, “Pull up to the speaker; you’re talking to the menu board.”

However, nothing can come close to the time I was out with my friend and his wife, who had just given birth to a new baby. They kept talking about the baby, and I, wanting to pretend I cared about it, bent over to kiss the baby’s cheek as its mother held it in her arms. I lifted the blanket and went in for a wet one, only to realize the mother was actually breastfeeding. There is just no coming back from that. Can someone say awkward?