The Norman Transcript


November 16, 2012

The price of being human



Some mishaps should be classified as goofy rather than accidents. Nevertheless, such goofs can be major or minor embarrassments as well. The simplest example of this would be if more than one woman shows up at an event wearing the same dress. It is a catastrophe in the female mind. However, if the situation occurs with the average male, it would have the importance of a piece of white lint on a black suit. Since men’s clothing options are far more limited than women’s, such disinterest is understandable. However, there are some men who would go ballistic about the lint issue.

Speaking of clothing, both Hubby and I prefer not to be too casual in public. In Hubby’s case, this comes down to dress shirt and slacks. As for me, casual tends to be slacks and a nice top.

Prior to attending the Grands soccer game and a basketball game, our daughter warned them we would be overdressed for the venues. As I tried to walk (actually tiptoe) across the soft soccer field in my high heeled boots, our smart-mouthed daughter looks at the girls and laughs. “See, I told you.”

But of all the stupid things I have done, and there have been many, the most recent tops them all.

While packing for a weekend trip, I spied a plastic bag in the closet with facial wipes left over from an overseas trip, and tossed it in the overnight case.

That night I used the wipes to remove my makeup and thought they felt a little rough. But since I was tired, I blew it off. The following evening I noticed the same thing. In fact, one side of the wipes was knobby and really rough. Upon closer inspection, it turned out that the wipes were counter wipes I had taken to sanitize things like the trays and armrests on the airplane.

After telling my daughter of my mistake, her only comment was, “So basically you Cloroxed your face.”

Yep. Pretty much.

Elizabeth Cowan is an author and freelance writer. Visit her website Check out her new novel, “The Dionysus Connection” on Amazon.

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