Reflections: Laughing at your Expense
How many of you have actually experienced a personal moment of total and absolute embarrassment that brought great laughter to people while you wanted to find a place to hide? Going back into the archives of memory I have resurrected a moment in time that should cause you to laugh and just relax in your moments of memory where you may have had a similar experience. My moment of embarrassment went something like this—use your imagination as I share.
I was real busy in the kitchen preparing my lunch for the beginning of a four day (two days/two nights ) cycle at the mine site. I went to bed about 8:30 and was satisfied that I had everything in my lunch bag except the kitchen sink—I would not go hungry while working.
I slept like a baby, knowing that the alarm clock had a unique way to get my attention at 5:00am. I cannot recall ever sleeping beyond my alarm clock. I was in such a glorious deep sleep that when the alarm clock had sounded I jumped to the edge of my bed, grabbed the night lamp off the table and continually turned the lamp on and off while the alarm clock kept ringing and I found myself shouting to my wife, “Sweetheart, I can’t turn off the alarm clock!”
She slowly turned over in the bed and said with great emphasis, “George, that’s because you are holding the night lamp in your hands instead of the alarm clock.” My only response was, “Oh.” I then turned off the light and the alarm clock. I just knew that this was going to be one of those days.
At 6:00am I left the house and boarded a sixteen passenger van that would take me to work. The guys looked at me rather strangely and one said, “George you must have had one hell of a night!” and then there was an uproar of laughter. I thought this was strange and simply responded with “Whatever.” The laughter became more intense until we finally settled down to a quiet ride to the mine site security gate with an occasional snicker from the guys on the bus. I was still totally puzzled.
I arrived at the mine site parking lot, walked through security to get on the crew bus that would take us all to the Eagles Nest for our daily assignment. Again there was laughter to the point where I joined in and laughed so hard that my stomach hurt. I had no idea what I was laughing at. I never heard laughter like that in my life and had absolutely not a clue why I was so instrumental in bringing about a laughing revival.
We got to the Eagle’s Nest and about a hundred of us ligned up to get our assignments for the day. I was the first one in line and the other ninety-nine people were either to my right and left or behind me – we had three lines of people. People, including the supervisors were literally bending over with laughter and many of them pointing in my direction.
I turned around to find out what was happening and noticed the people were pointing toward the floor directly behind me. You will never believe why I was the object of laughter…. Hanging from my sweatpants by one leg was my wife’s pantyhose with the other leg dragging on the floor. I was so humiliated and embarrassed that I simply slid to the floor and held my head in my hands and for a moment tried to figure out what to say.
I finally stood, red faced, and shouted over the noise of the laughter, “You just gotta believe that the pantyhose I am wearing belong to my wife!” The laughter continued for a long, long time. When I reflect upon this very funny but embarrassing moment I cannot help but think that people who were present that morning still get a chuckle at my expense. The Bible says, “When a man is gloomy, everything seems to go wrong; when he is cheerful, everything seems right.” (Proverbs 15:15). If people can have gloominess replaced with cheerfulness because of our embarrassing but funny moments, then bring it on! Remember, the sun is always shining.