A funny thing happened on the way out of the restaurant tonight. I was standing in the jam-packed entryway of the Olive Garden waiting for my kids to catch up to me after leaving our table, when suddenly a man’s voice was quietly whispering something in my ear. It was a disorienting sound in the busy restaurant. I wasn’t expecting it, so boy was I shocked when suddenly I felt the distinctive pat on my backside that is the unmistakable signal of flirtation! My husband is out of town this weekend, so I knew it was not him, and I was most definitely not expecting that kind of attention!
It all happened so quickly that when I turned toward the young man, it appeared that he was still unaware that it was my rear he had patted and not the person he had intended! It wasn’t but a second when he turned toward me again and was immediately aware of his error. His embarrassment was visible as his face turned a burning shade of red. He spoke clearly this time with his apology and I could tell that he was flustered and worried that I would misinterpret his misdirected advance. It was as if I could see him standing on the trap door that he was trying to will into existence beneath him and the young man would have done anything to fall through it at that moment!
I felt sorry for him, standing there so repentant and embarrassed. It’s not like he was purposely being crude with me. Let’s just say the whole moment was *awkward*! I laughed off the incident, waving my hand and saying, “It’s ok…” as I looked away and hurried my kids off to the car. I didn’t want to make a big deal out of an honest mistake. As I walked to the car my girls were giggling, obviously aware of the accidental groping, and we all had a good laugh about it in the car on the way home!
Oh, there’s probably some pearl of wisdom to glean here, but for us tonight it just gave the kids a reason to have a good laugh at their ol’ mom!