The other day, I really embarrassed myself... really.
I randomly had the urge to go antiquing, something I haven't done in years. I loaded up Keating into his stroller and we are walking through this giant warehouse of antiques. I came across this horse toy and stood there looking at it... thinking "well that doesn't look like a safe toy!" When a man in a wheel chair came up behind me. Here is the conversation that followed. Man: "I used to have a horse toy just like that!"
Me: "Oh really? It doesnt look very safe!"
Man: "Oh it was safe, I loved that thing"
I laughed, smiled and kept walking
The man keeps following me, trying to make conversation... I'm busy looking at antiques
Man: "I used to have a toy corvette car like that too."
Me: "Oh I bet that was neat"
Man: "Yeah it was..."
Me: I start looking at a gorgeous dining room buffet and stop paying attention to the man while he is talking. I thought he was still talking about his Corvette toy.
I quickly respond with... "Oh that sounds like a lot of fun" ( I have no idea why I chose this phrase, but I thought he was talking about this toy still)
Man: "NO, breaking my neck in my corvette WASNT FUN!"
Me: "OH MY GOSH, I'M SO SORRY! I DIDNT HEAR YOU SAY THAT PART!" "I thought you were still talking about your toy car"
Man: "No, I said I got a real Corvette and that's how I broke my neck and ended up in this wheel chair"
FOOT IN MOUTH!
I ABOUT DIED!
I wanted to crawl under one of those dusty old tables and never come out.
Moral of the story, dont respond to someone when you have NO IDEA what they were talking about. It could be really bad!