Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sunday Confessions: Awkward Moments


Today's Sunday Confession prompt:
Awkward Moments

This topic just came to me last Tuesday.  A Facebook friend had shared that it was Awkward Moments Day 2014 and it was just too good to resist.  Sometimes, it seems like my life is an entire series of Awkward Moments.  Not just my embarrassing stories, or the Open-Mouth Insert-Foot Disorder, but my entire life. 

If my life were a quilt, it would be made of the people who love me the most, the times I'll never forget, great loves, great losses, every lesson I had to learn the hard way, and all of my many mistakes.  The batting would be made of warm and fuzzy memories.  The backing would be good intentions.  But if my life were quilt, it would be stitched together with Awkward Moments.

In my life, Awkward Moments are the things that happen between the moments that take my breath away, between the times when life could be a Hallmark card or a Norman Rockwell painting, and connecting the blocks that are dark and sad with laughter. 

It is the moment when someone starts talking to you, and you think that maybe you are being hit on or that you've found a new friend.  Only to have them walk away from you with a strange glance back in your direction, only to realize they're talking on their bluetooth.

It is pushing a door that says pull, whether I mean that literally or figuratively I'm not sure but either way is awkward with a large enough audience. 

It is when you're have the most awful day, you're trying to drive home when traffic is bad and people are driving like morons and something causes you to look into your rear-view mirror.  Judging by the way people have been driving, you're expecting to see some unfortunate mouth breather only to see someone rocking out and dancing.  Sometimes, it is seeing a man dressed in a nice shirt and tie in a fancy car who has his finger shoved up his nose almost to the second knuckle. 

It is when someone decides to start telling me the most intimate details of their life because I said hello and asked how they are doing...while standing in the grocery line.  Sometimes, I don't ask.

I don't know what it is, but it seems like Awkward Situations just happen to me one way or another.  It's the stitching in the fabric of my life and in my own way, I kind of love it. 


  1. "If my life were a quilt, it would be stitched together with awkward moments." That was amazing. I'm glad the bluetooth thing doesn't just happen to me. I hate those bluetooth using assholes. They fool me every time. So do those damn am I supposed to know whether to push or pull? Also, I hope to god you aren't referring to me when you said people start telling you the intimate details of their life when you ask how they're doing...because I totally did that to you this week in a Facebook message. Shit. Now I feel uncomfortable.

    Also, I am thinking long and hard about this confession topic. I'm not sure how to write my post because it seems I have so much material to work with on this topic that I'm completely overwhelmed in the sea of awkwardness that is my life.

  2. Not referring to you at all...I mean people just start talking to me in grocery stores. I at least asked you. Lol.

    I can't wait to see what you come up with!

  3. I love this! Isn't it so true, our lives are totally stitched together with those awkward moments. If we are lucky, we will roll with the punches and laugh them off. Thanks for another GREAT week!!

  4. Shit, I'm one of the people who talks to strangers at the grocery store. But I try to keep it to jokes about the tabloid headlines. oops. :) Great post!

    1. But do you talk to them about inappropriate things they never needed to know? That's what happens to me.

  5. "It is pushing a door that says pull, whether I mean that literally or figuratively I'm not sure but either way is awkward with a large enough audience."

    So good, and true! Great post!

  6. Awkward, like rai ey ain on your wedding day, it's a free ride that you already paid, it's the good advice that you just didn't take... Not really but for whatever reason, your post got me singing that song. Not only have I hijacked conversation from someone on a blue tooth, but I once was peeing in a bathroom stall talking to this woman in another stall, answering her strange questions, to later realize she wasn't talking to me but her toddler kid who wasn't answering her.

  7. I can make pretty much any situation more awkward than it needs to be. I appreciate this post, because while intellectually, I know we all do it, it helps to hear it said by others sometimes. :)