Thursday, June 12, 2008

Egg on My Face

Noël reminded me of one of my most embarrassing moments that had happened a few years ago.

It happened at my brother's house when I was attending my niece's birthday party. Children swarmed around the living room, and in and out of the backyard where there was a rented jumpy house. I recognized most of their parents' faces, if I didn't remember their names.

"When are you due?" I asked one of the young mothers.

"I'm not pregnant," she responded casually.

"Oh. I am so sorry. Forgive me."

What else could I say? There was no where for me to go, nowhere to hide.

I will never ask that question again, no matter how convinced I am that someone looks pregnant. I'll wait to hear it from someone else, first, ideally from the expectant mother.


golfwidow said...

I have been on the other side of that question. Twice.

Both times, I said, "I'm not pregnant; just fat."

Immediately the questioner said, "You're not fat!"

I don't know what that proves, except that I must dress pretty well for people to mistake fat chick clothing for maternity-wear.

Quin Browne said...

it's like offering your seat to someone on the subway... then, you are pissed off because they aren't with child, and your feet hurt.

what is worse, though, is when you are holding your newborn, and someone says, "when are you due?"


the Constantly Dramatic One said...



Brett & Shelly Faucett said...

Hey Peter,

Acacia once said to a larger nurse friend of mine " Hey, do you have a baby in your tummy". My nurse friend said "No, sweetie, I'm just fat". I could have died. I feel your pain. Kids can embarrass the hell out of you at the drop of a hat. Gotta love em though!


Noel Alumit said...

LOLOLOLOLOLOL! I never ask the When Are You Due? question. Even if they're absolutely showing, I don't ask.

What's funny is that I know men with guts who claim that they're pregnant!

Peter Varvel said...

Hey, All,
Thanks for commenting. I was going to respond individually, but then I realized that, given the subject matter, this is exactly one of those topics that is made worse by the more I say.

Moving on . . .