Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 12 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.
My “Secret Subject” is:
Did you ever put your foot in your mouth and then instead of pulling it out, put it in deeper? Were you able to ‘fix’ it or was the situation a complete disaster?
It was submitted by: http://batteredhope.blogspot.com
I know everyone who actually knows me and just read my secret subject got a very good laugh. I know I chuckled. I mean, if putting your foot in your mouth was an Olympic sport, I’d be gold medaling all over the place. I’m the Simone Biles of awkward foot eating.
Where to even begin.
For those of you who don’t know me well or personally, I’ll start with an introduction of sorts. I am actually extremely shy and introverted. My spirit animal is probably a hermit crab. If I didn’t have to interact, I probably wouldn’t. I’m better over social media than in person as a general rule. I always feel awkward. I suffer from chronic verbal diarrhea. It’s horrible. I’m worse around other women and specifically mom’s. I feel more comfortable with men, but usually am still super awkward or say super inappropriate things. I really shouldn’t be allowed out of the house, which would be fine by me honestly.
I revert to self-deprecation and humor in hopes of covering up my extreme social awkwardness and foot gorging behavior, but sometimes that really just makes everything worse. My poor husband… I feel like he follows me around with a pooper scooper, just shoveling and cleaning up the social disaster that is his wife. I think if he could muzzle me at times he would, and I wouldn’t blame him one bit. I mean, I tease and say he finds these qualities of mine, endearing or even lovable, but I’m mostly trying to convince myself. I’ve always felt I was the counter balance to his more taciturn and serious demeanor. I’m the Lucy to his Ricky. The Jerry (Seinfeld) to his George. The Pooh to his Piglet. The Jerry (Lewis) to his Dean. Okay…maybe not. But you understand what I’m trying to convey. Hopefully.
As I mentioned, I feel the most awkward when talking to other women, especially other mother’s. I don’t know why, probably insecurity. I feel that if they spend too long talking to me they will see what a fraud I am and how I totally don’t have this motherhood thing down and I’m completely faking it 99% of the time. I feel as a general rule that everyone is doing the whole parenting thing way better than me, and being complimented on my parenting makes me extremely uncomfortable and I often resort to making embarrassing comments or inappropriate jokes. I can’t really think of specific examples, I feel as if in parts my entire life is a series of blooper reels on repeat and in slow motion being regurgitated for the entire world to mock. I know it seems ridiculous, I have great kids, why shouldn’t I get some of the credit, but honestly I really think they are awesome in spite of my parenting skills or lack thereof.
My biggest problem, the way I see it, is that I perpetually feel like a 14 year old girl on the inside. That mechanism people have that stops them from saying certain things in front of certain people, yeah I think mine is defective or broken. I say a little prayer or mantra if you will before going anywhere that usually goes something like this:
Please don’t let me say anything stupid today. Don’t let me forget to make eye contact and smile. Not a crazy I’m probably going to boil a pet bunny on your stove later kinda smile, just a normal, nice how are you smile. Don’t bring up sex, poop or private body parts. Instead of thinking ahead of a witty comeback, actually listen to the person speaking to you, like really listen. Do: If someone attempts a hug, just hug them back and be grateful they want to love on you. Don’t: If someone attempts a hug, launch into a 5 minute diatribe on how uncomfortable and awkward hugging makes you feel ending in a rather maniacal laugh and claiming you have to run to the loo (I never say loo except in my head because it sounds more sophisticated) because you haven’t pooped in 3 days. Just BE normal. Be kind. Be nice. Again, because it needs repeating, BE NORMAL. Breathe. Don’t forget to breathe. You got this girl!
For example, over Thanksgiving, I met my husband at work for the staff luncheon. He works in a church. At the beginning, we get in this huge line, and everyone holds hands, to pray before we feast. I’m not a big fan of touching, unless it’s my husband or kids, so I was pretty proud of the fact that I picked the end of the line and only had to hold my husband’s hand, avoiding any potential awkwardness. At some point, I realize everyone is looking at me and then pointedly looking over to the left of me. I’m confused. I offer up a blank stare, then I look to my left and realize, our line is supposed to be a circle. The other end of this line that I have to bridge to make the circle is our Senior Pastor, essentially, my husband’s boss. I thought I only groaned and said “oh no” in my head, but no… I voiced this objection with my out loud speaking voice. Everyone chuckled, out of awkwardness I’m sure, and I seriously wanted the ground to open up and swallow me whole. It’s not that I didn’t want to hold his hand, I’m just not a fan of hand holding in general. What if my palms were sweaty, or unusually dry and had I even washed my hands, had he? I’m pretty sure I licked my finger like 2 seconds ago, will he notice? I picked my ear earlier, I mean personally preferable over a nose pick but still…and not with the same ear picking finger. I don’t think. I’m pretty sure it was a different finger. I think my hands are sweaty now. Did I really just say no? Why do I leave the house? WHY? He probably doesn’t even remember this incident, but it’s haunted my mortifying nightmares for weeks. If I haven’t felt stupid in a day, it’s probably only because I haven’t left the house and talked to anyone.
The other thing I do when I’m nervous or talking to people I don’t know that well, or even people I do know well is that I ramble…or babble incoherently, however you want to phrase it. This is especially true with someone that I really want to like me or someone I want to impress. You should hear me in job interviews…oh the horror. I get nervous and worry about not sounding intelligent or witty so I just open my mouth and holy highway of verbal vomit someone please stop me I can’t help myself make it stop punch me in the face right now please. I probably need to be medicated. For reals. You are now probably thinking, omg she’s NOT medicated?!?!? Nope. I’m not. I’m free-ballin’ this crazy thing called life 😀
I’ve always used humor and sarcasm as a defense mechanism. It’s hard for me to relax in social situations so I’m pretty much guaranteed to use my foot as an all day sucker. I have to work really hard to appear more extraverted than I actually am. It’s just the way I’m wired. My hope is that people will in general find me endearing and humorous and spend the majority of the time laughing with me and not at me. I hope they understand my heart is usually in the right place and I never intentionally mean to offend. It’s much easier for me to share and be open in the social media arena than it is in one on one situations. I’ll post pics of my weight loss journey all over Facebook and Instagram, but when I see someone who liked or commented on my photo, my inner 14 year old girl is screaming “OMG THEY SAW ME IN A SPORTS BRA AND YOGA PANTS WITH MY BACK FAT HANGING OVER AND MY BOOBS SWINGING LOW AND SLIGHTLY TO THE LEFT!!!!” RUN! HIDE! DO NOT ENGAGE! WARNING!
I’m not sure I did a great job of answering my secret subject this week, but I’ll wrap up by saying, I’m basically a walking social disaster, but I hope you’ll love me anyway ❤
And pray for my husband.
Especially that. I’m exhausting.
Have a wonderful and blessed Friday!
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