I looked at the person next to me and it was the Prime Minister!

@cynthiann (18613)
Jamaica
June 2, 2009 4:26pm CST
I walk unknowingly into awkward situations all my life. Let me explain. My friend's mother died and I slipped out from work to attend the funeral. Had 10 mins to change clothes at work and reach the Church. Of course I was late and the Church was crowded and the service ready to begin. I noticed a seat vacant in the front pew so I took it. Gave a big sigh of relief that I had made the seat before the Priest entered and then when I looked I was sitting next to the Prime Minister of this country. This was not a good moment. The seats in the front were obviously reserved. Panic set in. Started to hyoerventilate. I looked behind me and in that pew were about 10 Ministers of Government. Plus the bodyguards of the PM. Felt worse. Situation desperate. Called for quick thinking. Looked towards the choir and my friends were trying to stop laughing. I needed this like a bullet in my head. Got to my feet and politely said, "I believe the Priest needs me Prime Minister, please excuse me." Left with what I hoped was dignity and sat in the back row of the choir - near to the floor as I could make it. Bodyguard sat beside PM. I bet he gets into trouble. Have you ever embarrassed yourself in front of a dignatory of your country?
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• United States
5 Jun 09
That is hilarious...but no, I've never been in the presence of a high politician in my country.
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
6 Jun 09
Yes it was so funny. couldn't stop laughing. Hiding myself behind the choir!
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@YazEid (1139)
• Philippines
3 Jun 09
Hello Cynthiann , really it is an awkward situation , I never been in such situation before , I rarely meet any minister or someone important to that extent . But my father was once in a situation , when I applied to the university I had to ask for help from someone I know , he took my papers and delivered them to the minister of education who helped me applying to the university , few days later when the university gave me an acceptance the told the minister of that because he is the one asked for it .. so he wanted to deliver the news by himself and he called my house , my father picked up the phone asking who is speaking , the minister said his name but my father didn't recognize him and he just received the news as if it was from any ordinary person , when I arrived home my father asked me : " Who is Doctor Isam? " I asked him why , he said " he called to tell you that you get your approval for university " I sighed and said to my father ;" didn't you recognize him , he is the minister of education " ..
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
3 Jun 09
Now this is a great story! One that you will never forget! Thank you for sharing
@SomeCowgirl (32255)
• United States
2 Jun 09
Oh wow, that must have been a very awkward situation! I haven't met any political person that I know of, so I haven't embarrassed myself no! I'm sure you must have felt awful and with your friends laughing! I think I would have told the truth thouigh, but It'd have been very hard for me to do so, being as embarrassed as I am sure I was. Who knows, maybe the Prime Minister didn't mind? I'm sure that things like that have happened before, and you were in a hurry as is, so don't worry about it. I'm sorry your friend's mother has passed. I hope you've been there to console your friend though.
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
2 Jun 09
When I walked from the pew away from ther PM the Priest was at the door and he was smiling too - trying to stop smiling actually. Everyone was laughing - even Betty who is my friend. I just wanted to get away from him as soon as possible and couldn't think of anything else to say.
• United States
3 Jun 09
I have never done that. And I can imagine how you felt at that time. I would have tried to think of something like you did because I wouldn't have none what to do. I would have had an anxiety attack doing that. Then would have hoped one of my family members were there with me or I would have frozen up.
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
3 Jun 09
It was when I looked around and saw my friends silently laughing that I decided to make a quick retreat. He loooked so angry. am sure the bodyguards got sacked!
• United States
3 Jun 09
wow I would not have wanted to be in your shoes at that time. Your lucky they didn't snag you up. I would have thought of something and moved fast like you did. Know wonder you hyoerventalated I would have to. I would have been trying to think on what to do on top of being scared at the same time.
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
4 Jun 09
I am hypertensive and trust me - I did take calming breaths!
• United States
2 Jun 09
You're such a girl! People are just people and we are all equal as far as I am concerned. I am a little worried about your ego and self-esteem, however. I imagine many Americans would react as you did if similarly set by some high office person. Not me and not most of us Western American citizens. The best way to correct one's errors is to forgive yourself and rehearse a better way you could have reacted. I wish you had smiled at him and said, "Thanks for saving me a seat." and sat through the service. What do you think?
• United States
2 Jun 09
Oh. And please accept my sympathy on your loss. I lost my Ma May 4th...
• United States
30 Sep 09
Thank you complementing me with "best response." I was thinking fairly well back then. Sometimes if one cannot find a way to laugh you, well, cry...
@tjades (3591)
• Jamaica
8 Jun 09
Hi Cynthian ... First of all let me say that just your style of writing and expressing yourself makes me laugh so far. My story now.... Remember Ivan (who wouldnt)that awful storm? My siblings and I went to my elsdest sisters home in one of the rural areas to check for damages after the storm had passed. Thankfully almost all was well, just a bit of wetting from the rain blowing in and a window which sort of caved. Could be a long story but I'll cut it short. Travelling was a bit risky because of the gas situation caused by the hurricane then. We were pretty low on gas and Decided to travel in a direction which woud take us past a gas satation. We had far to go to get back home. We learnt on our way that the gas station was closed. The driver decided to try another route. We had to pass through a cane field and we had just made it through when the car ran out of gas. We were stuck in the middle of nowhere. We tried to hail passing vechcles for some assistance one of which was a police vehicle but they could not assist much. Some time later we stopped another vehicle and low and behold it was the MP (Member of Parliament) for the area along with his entourage. He was in the area assessing the damages as well. Needless to say he was our savior that night. The driver had gone off and gotten a little gas so with that the Mp and his men guided us to a safe area where we got some more gas and heaed home. We are still very thanful for his assistance.
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
8 Jun 09
Tis is not good. I wrote a long response and then somehow deleted it. :oved your story re the MP. Thank God for his assistance and his kindness. I would always be grateful too if I had been you. I not only remmeber Ivan but Gilbert and the others before Gilbert like Allen. I lived without electricity after gilbert for 3 months. Came to this frustrating, wonderful, beautiful Island when I married a Jamaican in 1970. Four children anf four grands. Let us pray that this hurricane season will pass and we will not have any damage from such. glad to hear from another Jamaican!
@tjades (3591)
• Jamaica
9 Jun 09
It certainly is a pleasure Cynthian . You really seem to have some really interesting experiences since you arrived here. The spice of life is certainly laughter and you sure have some things to reflect on and have a good laugh.
@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
3 Jun 09
LOL, girlfriend, u want do. i bet u could have crawled under the pew. I know it wasn't funny to u but i got a good laughout of it. no, i have not ever embarassed my self in front of a dignatoty on my country because i have never been around any of them. I f I WAS I'D PROBABLY DO SOMETHING CRAZY KNOWING ME.
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
3 Jun 09
Actually I have been laughing ever since. All my friends thought it funny too.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
3 Jun 09
THAT'S GREAT. I have thought about it several times & smiled. You will never live that down. Your friends want let you.
@AmbiePam (51231)
• United States
7 Jun 09
Honey, I believe you live the coolest, weirdest, strangest, vibrant life of anyone on mylot.
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
7 Jun 09
No, it is just an ordinary life but sometimes the strangest things happen. I walk where angels fear to tread and am still so impulsive that I just seem to jump into situations wihtout thinking. When I grow up I plant to be snsible!
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@cicisnana (775)
• United States
3 Jun 09
OMG, LOL, I would have loved it! I don't get embarrassed easily. I can actually picture myself doing something like that, and like I said, I would have loved it! I would love to look over and see Mr. Obama sitting next to me. I'd love to see his expression most of all. I'd probably just laugh, give him a little shrug and tell him "oops." And then walk off. Like nothing had ever happened.
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
4 Jun 09
One friend said that I should have thanked him for saving a seat for me! I wish that I could have htought of that!
@mimiang (3769)
• Philippines
3 Jun 09
It happened to me before.I was doing my afternoon rounds in the hospital as a doctor on duty when I came across a familiar guy who was handsome and looked fabulous. He nodded and said hello. I was thinking who he was all afternoon.Firstly I thought he may be my dad's friend.However, it was midnight when i realized that he was the country's president
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
4 Jun 09
This is a great story- thank you for sharing it with me
@mimiang (3769)
• Philippines
3 Jun 09
dream house - a house with 3 bedrooms, with 2 toilets and large garage
Wow! That could be great.There is one incident when I was doing my rounds when suddenly I came across with someone I knew but I can't recall who he was.He nodded his head and said hello.I thought, is my dad's friend? My father has a lot of friends when he was alive. I have been thinking about all afternoon till I realize that it was the president of the Philippines!
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
3 Jun 09
That is a good memory to have! Wan see photos of someone and when we see them in real life we think that we know them
• Philippines
3 Jun 09
Phew! that was a close call on your part. Good thing haven't experienced that yet because i don't to cause a subject for a major community rumor. well, what you have said was good enough for the P.M. to understand, probably he's thinking you were in his seat temporarily.good thinking there, i will follow this tactic if i ever experienced it.have a nice day.
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
3 Jun 09
Phew is so right! Many thnaks for responding
@Lxia2009 (12)
• United States
3 Jun 09
Hi Cynthiann, I loved your story and i would have moved also not because of the Prime Minister but because of the secret service who would have probally ask you to move as soon as they realized what happened. You did good girl. I live in the US so I seem to run into famous people frequently. Not politicians but musicians and movie stars. I have met Janis Joplin(musian),Buzz Aldrin(astronaut) One of DR. Von Brawn's scientist who worked on the space shuttle. The funniest one was Kevin Sorbo (AKA Hurcules). He was in a line behind me and my daughter in Atlanta to buy water at a convention. I just turned around and said Hi Keven how are you. What project are you working on now? My daughter was speechless. She just stood there and grinned from ear to ear. Later that night we were eating at a restaurant and as we entered the restaurant we passed Adam West (AKA BATMAN from the TV series) We sat down and I told my daughter that was Batman who she remembered from childhood. My daughter is 31 now. She said no, so she got up walked to the front of the restaurant and acted like she was looking for someone on her way back took a look. Adam smiled at her and blew her a kiss. She turned 50 shades of red and laughed until she had tears in her eyes. After all they are just regular people. We are probally as much fun for them is they are to us.
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
3 Jun 09
We are only a little country in the third 'world. I do not personally admire or like the man. Honestly. I love your sharing of who you have met. I work part time for a very upscazle villa on the Island and have met Will smith, Al Pacino and other stars. The latest ones I cannot mention. They were all very nice once they began to relax. I would have blushed just like your daughter though.
@ellie333 (21018)
3 Jun 09
Hi Cynthiann, Sorry but I am laughing out loud right now, that must have been so funny for your friends and even the prime minister probably had a smile to himself but can imagine your embarrassment too. I can't remember any time I have done anything like that but I expect there have been embarrassing moments in my time. Huggles. Ellie :D
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
3 Jun 09
No the PM was mad. I respect his office but not the man. I am still laughing
@bodhisatya (2384)
• India
3 Jun 09
Lol that is quite a thing to happen. No I have not been in that sort of soup and never had the chance to meet the PM. It is indeed an amusing thing to happen. The bodyguards have lost their jobs thats what I learn from the evening news.
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
3 Jun 09
I am sure that they did lose their jobs! Yes it was funny
@winterose (39897)
• Canada
3 Jun 09
gosh I would have never gotten that close to my prime minister he would have been well protected. But that must have been wonderful to be sitting beside him. We little people never get the change to see big dignitaries in person like that.
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
3 Jun 09
Well, he did not look happy and I moved quite quickly. I am surprised that I reached so close to him
@hanah87 (1835)
• Malaysia
3 Jun 09
Wow,you are very lucky easily got met yor own prima minister!I cannot see why you are so nervous and scared.In my country,it is hard to met prime minister because he also get control by his big bodyguard and nobody can touch or met him easily.If i met my prime minister accidently,i will greet him and get his autograph and take picture with him too!I never embarrassed myself in front of a dignatory of my country.
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
3 Jun 09
I do hope you mmet your PM and you seem to have a lot of respect for him. Blessings
@katsmeow1213 (28910)
• United States
2 Jun 09
Geez... the crazy things that happen to you! No, no such things have ever happened to me. The closest I've come to meeting a dignatory of my country is when Hilary Clinton visited our State Fair. I got to shake her hand. This was when she was a NY state senator, before she tried to run for presidency.
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
3 Jun 09
IO would have liked to have met HIlary Clinton. My life is trouble. I just walk innocently into these situations!
@moondancer (7433)
• United States
2 Jun 09
Oh my cynthia, that was a pickle you had gotten into, lol. It's funny now is it not? Yes, the body guard probably did receive a few words or reprimand. However that is not your fault. You managed to come out of it intact as far as your dignity. I have not had any occasion that I could be near any person of government or importance here.
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
3 Jun 09
I still am grinning each time I think opf it. My freind's went hysterical - even the Priest was trying to contain his laughter.
@dawnald (84069)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Jun 09
The situation has never happened to me. But I did see the Queen of Denmark once. :-)
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
3 Jun 09
You are so funny!