Picture this, if you can:
You are eight-and-a-half months pregnant (I know this may be tough, and it’s about to get tougher).
It’s the last child you plan to have, so you don’t want to buy a bunch of maternity stuff you don’t expect to need again. But you’re a business person, so you want to project a professional image.
You’re getting ready for a meeting with two prospective clients. You pull on that last pair of salvaged panty-hose, thinking how glad you are you won’t have to wear them again, and notice they’re a little loose.
You arrive. The two men you’re meeting walk toward you, and the three of you set off across the parking lot.
You feel those panty-hose slip. You’ll have to hit the restroom as soon as you get to the restaurant, but hey, you’re pregnant–they’ll probably expect it.
Now they’re down around your hips. You pick up the pace.
Now they’re at your thighs. You’re waddling a little, hoping to keep the. from sliding farther down. But pregnant women often waddle, right?
Now they’re just above your knees, and you feel like a holiday turkey, legs bound up in a rubber band. Your waddle becomes a mince.
What do you do?
I stopped, and said “Excuse me, gentlemen. Sometimes you have to lighten your load.” Then I took one of them by the arm, stepped out of my shoes, and pulled off the panty-hose (now hovering around my shins).
We went on to the restaurant, and no one said another word about it.
Was I embarrassed? You bet. But not only did I get the job (so it wasn’t fatal), but I learned once again that the biggest difference between humor and embarrassment is how we handle it. Humorists teach us that people who can laugh at themselves make others comfortable, and gain their respect.
Plus, it’s more fun to laugh than to squirm in mortification–or panty-hose.
What do you do when you’re caught with your pants down? I’d love to hear about it. Just let me know whether I may share it online, or should just giggle about it in private.