Thursday, June 16, 2011
Friday with Friends: Getting Caught Casual by Lee Ann Sikora
I have had this experience also as I fed my cats before I got dressed for the day. I am so frequently seen that I have given up doing it until after I am fully dressed – after which time no one will happen to drive by, of course. However, if I run outside with no make-up, hair standing on end, and wearing my threadbare "I love Bill Bixby" tee-shirt, then I can just about guarantee a fully loaded tour bus would pull up in my driveway and ask for directions to the historic Jacinto courthouse. It never fails.
And, I sometimes attempt a "quick trip into town" in my more brain damaged moments. I actually believe that I can run through Wal-mart, looking my very worst (dressed in "convenience store attire" as one friend so eloquently put it) and not run into anyone I know. I rarely do this, except when I have a toilet paper or Ben and Jerry's ice cream dire emergency situation. And, when people see you in this condition, they give you that terrible I'm-so-sorry-to-see-that-you-have-fallen-on-hard-times look.
Getting caught "casual" can be a traumatizing experience but I have learned it is a necessary evil. It serves to keeps us aware of the impression we give of ourselves every day and it can help keep us humble – really, really humble.
Lee Ann Sikora.
Award-winning columnist, poet, short-story writer and editor