It's Thursday, and time again to work on our mad writing skillz, all thanks to Mama Kat! Be sure to check out all the amazing responses to the prompts!
My prompt this week:
Who blind-sided you? Write about a time someone caught you totally off guard.
Many years ago, in a a time that I refer to as BTB (Before The Boy), I lived in Nashville with my two daughters. I was doing my working mom/single mom gig. I wasn't dating anyone.
One weekend evening, I attended a co-worker's 50th birthday party (back when I thought 50 was old...oh, silly me). I even brought Betty a package of Depends as a gag gift (heck, even Whoopi Goldberg is talking about incontinence products now).
The room was filled with co-workers. I worked as a system manager at a medical lab testing facility - lots of lab techs and other folks who spent their day dealing with bodily fluids and lab instruments, as well as those who provided client support.
My department was in a hallway off the lab - we had to pass through a portion of the lab to get there each day. I had my regular "hello friends" - the people you greet as you make your way to your destination.
Anyway, back to the party. I'm a shy person, I'm not at all comfortable in large groups of people, so I'm sure I was hanging out near the periphery, watching the action of the more boisterous folks (and lab techs know how to party, let me tell you).
So there I am, socially inept and looking for the exit when Regina, one of my "hello friends" comes up.
Imagine my shock as she walks right up to me, invading my personal space (and I'm strict about that), runs her hand through my hair and says, seductively (in my mind, anyway)...
"Are you having a good time?"
How many ways can I say EWWWWWWW?
"Danger, Will Robinson!"
I could not get out of that place fast enough.
And I spent many months years the weekend wondering what kind of lesbian vibes I was giving out. Was it the one time that Regina volunteered to drive me to pick up my car at the dealership? Was it the "spiky dykey" hairdo I was sporting? Was I causing blips on the lab's lesbian gaydar (there was a huge gay and lesbian contingent at the lab)?
I starting dating (MEN, people) not long after, lest there be any more confusion about my sexual orientation.