Sunday, March 24, 2013

31 Day Blog Challenge--Day 24

1996 Middle School Graduation

Today's topic: Describe your most embarrassing moment.

I don't know that this is my most embarrassing moment, but I was pretty mortified at the time.

I went to a private Catholic high school and each year they offered several "retreats". (It was a bond with your classmates and god kind of thing and they got longer/more involved each year. So freshman year was a day long retreat onsite, sophomore year a day trip off site, junior year was an overnight, and senior year was a three day overnight.)

So here I am, start of freshman year, in a brand new school with lots of new people, trying to fit in and make friends. Standard stuff. So of course I go to the retreat. Our group was probably about 40 of my classmates and I only remember one thing from it. At one point we were standing in a circle playing that game where the person in the center calls something out, everyone whom that applies to has to run across the circle and switch places (including the person in the center). The person left out is the new person in the center. No big deal right? Except they decided to make it more "fun" by having the person in the center pay a "penalty" before they could call out the next thing.

You will be shocked to know that my slow as molasses running skills landed me in the middle of the circle. (Only if you have any delusions as to my athletic prowess: hint, I've never had any). Anyway, so I'm in the center of the circle, and they decide my penalty is to sing "I'm a Little Teapot".

Now, I'm an introvert through and through. The idea of singing in front of 40 strangers is very low on my list of things to ever do in my life. It's somewhat above "willingly jump out of a perfectly good airplane", and rather below pretty much anything I would consider enjoyable. But I was determined. I was starting high school! I was turning over a new leaf! I was going to make friends! I was going be social!

I grabbed ahold of my courage and started belting it out, complete with hand motions.

And was greeted with blank stares.

Eventually someone asked "...what is that?" I said "I'm a little teapot?" suddenly wishing there was a convenient sink hole that would swallow me up.

(Note: I'm not sure what exactly I was singing, as the I'm a Little Teapot song is pretty simple, but apparently I was going significantly off script.)

After an awkward pause the game moved on and I did my level best not to run across the circle again. And I went back to class the next morning confident in my identity as "that girl who couldn't sing my little teapot". Thankfully, in the bustle of a new school year, memories of my faux pas were short.

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