Boy, did I put my foot in my mouth!
July 14, 2008 7:26am CST
I went to a funeral last week for a friend of the family. I had been acquainted with him a long time but never really close, but I went because he had once been the stepfather of my stepchildren. I had never met his girlfriend, and at the funeral I asked if she were his mother, who I had also never met! I was so embarrassed when she told me no, she was his companion. I apologized again later, hoping she wasn't too offended, and she said don't worry about it, others had made the same mistake! I still felt really stupid, though. Next time I'll keep my mouth shut and wait to be introduced....
• United States
14 Jul 08
I think we have all done this at some point. I never assume anymore. You are right next time wait to be introduced. From what you said she has probably long forgotten it if other people assumed that to. Don't be to hard on yourself! Have a good day!
• United States
14 Jul 08
Yes, I have learned that I need to put my brain in gear before opening my mouth, but sometimes I forget! I think my hubby was the only one who overheard, though, but I still felt pretty stupid. He didn't go around telling the rest of the family, bless his heart.
• Garden Grove, California
31 Aug 09
hi jillbeth sometimes you just dont know.when I was just twenty I was working as a nurses aide.I was sent to pick up two women patients,one for gallbladder surgery,the other was a medical problem. So i go to the first couple,he is about fifty at least,the woman in the wheel chair maybe just twenty ,and I said. are You Mrs. Green,she said yes, so I said to the man,we willget your daughter comfortable in just a second here. he reddened then said,young lady she is my wife.I apologized and went to the other couple.the lady was also ina wheel chair and had some disease she was being hospitalized for.She looked to be about fifty, the manlooked about 45 or maybe a little younger so I aSkedc her if she was mrs.Davis,yes she said I am. then I think we had better get you to your room too ,sir you and your wife cam follow me to the elevator please.he snapped, I am her son,dont you have any sense at all young woman? I looked at him and said well she doesnt look old enough to be your mother. he snapped again,she is my stepmother you fool.So much for being a finesseful young woman. I fled in tears to my supervisor who laughed til she cried then sent two orderlies to take the young women to their respective rooms.so then I mopped up my eyes and laughed with the rest of them.you just never know.