Monday, 30 June 2008

My Most Mortifying Moment

American In Norway has a humorous post on her blog, about mortifying moments.

You know, those moments that many of us have experienced. It seems that once you have kids and grand kids, the opportunities for mortification become ... numerous.

She invites us to recount the best of those moments, then leave a comment on her blog and she will link back to us. This could really be fun. :-)

Mine came, a number of years ago, at the hands of my, at the time, 2 yr old Middle Son. The twins, then 9 months old, were taking a rare morning nap, so I decided to have a quick shower.

Settle Middle Son down with his favourite toys. Made sure windows and doors were all locked. Told him where I'd be and gave the usual admonitions about not answering the phone and if anyone knocked on the door he was to come and tell Mummy.

Left bathroom door ajar, so I could hear twins screaming,smell smoke and so on. What I obviously didn't hear, however, was the knock on the door or the sound of Middle Son dragging stool to front door.

Hopped out of shower. Realised that I'd left the towels and my clean clothes in my bedroom.

Sauntered out of the bathroom in all my naked glory and suddenly became aware of a cool breeze on my nether regions. At the same moment Middle Son yelled with glee "Me clever, Mummy! I open door" and I looked up into the wide open, slack jawed gaze of two, clean-cut, very young, male, Mormon Missionaries.

At that point I did the only thing that was open to me, I gathered my tattered dignity around me, smiled and said "Hi, I'll be right back." and sprinted for the bedroom.

When I came out again, wrapped in my dressing gown, the door was still open. Middle Son was still looking proud of himself and my visitors were beating a hasty retreat up my front path.

My mind kind of boggles as to what the discussion was like at the local MM training school. All I know, is that from then on, whenever any came up our street, they would pause at the top of our front path, look down, murmur to each other and then walk quickly by.

Cheers....

129 comments:

Lori said...

Oh, I love it!! And your son's pride at his own cleverness is the icing on the cake!

I'm glad I found your blog, I'm looking forward to reading more.

Kat said...

Hey...that is one way to stop solicitors. Debbie are you taking notes?

Vickie said...

teehee love it! You're very brave sharing that - have you forgiven your son yet? lol

Anne said...

Funny!! One way to get rid of door knockers.

American in Norway said...

Oh I L O V E ... I although I would probably kill my kid for doing it.... Eeek.... just picturing that happening to me....

OK... But wasn't this a fun little post?

WheresMyAngels said...

Oh now that is BAD!! Them poor boys will never be the same will they. I'm off to bed, I was going to try and beat you at being first, but I am tired :)

Simple Answer said...

That is hysterical!

Heather said...

THAT. IS. CLASSIC!!! I'm not laughing AT you...

Anne said...

Hi Karen - did you get my email?

Apple Joos said...

I wonder if that works for Jehovah's Witnesses, too.

Insane Mama said...

I'm with Apple, does that work??
Cause I am bombarded by Jehovah's witnesses

addhumorandfaith said...

Love this story, Karen. Sounds to me like you handled it very well, considering!

Half-Past Kissin' Time said...

I love this story!! I linked to it on MY story; you might have trumped mine!

Pinktulip said...

Oh my word! I can just imagine what they thought! And obviously warned their friends too!

Laurel said...

Oh my goodness - too funny. I bet those boys have lots of tales to tell.

Lilly's Life said...

This a great post! So funny...sort of.

Hippomanic Jen said...

I am now very thankful that the dog hasn't worked out how to open the door. I admire your calm and poise in that situation.

Stephanie said...

That's so funny! Why is it that our most mortifying moments usually involve our children??

Esther said...

Oh, I couldn't top that one. It's like those bad dreams where you go to school naked but at least in them you eventually realise that you're dreaming. I would have been so mortified. Did you lock the door from then on?

Lavender n Latt├ęs said...

That was great! I'm sure you were shocked and embarrassed, but this is truly funny!

KC Kanenwishers said...

Well, if this makes you feel any better, you've certainly topped my most embarrasing moment!!!

Erin Jean said...

What fun I have to look forward to with my son! Just the embarrassment women go through with our parts exposed for the world during labor should be enough of a punishment! Too bad children dont think of that! Kudos to you for not fainting right there!

Debora said...

Very cute and funny - I bet you still tease your son about that! :)

Casey's trio said...

And they probably still talk about you to this day:)

Cheryl said...

LMBO again! That would difinately qualify as one of those moments. :)
Again, Happy SITS day, stop by for a visit when you are not so busy. Cheryl

Mandy said...

I hate to say that beats any moment I ever had! Too funny!

Wolf said...

very glad i don't have any stories like that yet...although i do have a few mortifying moments...

maybe one day if i have kids...

happy SITS day!

Cassie said...

that's hilarious! At least you don't have to worry about them coming back! Every time my husband brings home friends from work, he opens the door, pokes his head in, and asks if I'm dressed! I almost always am :)

Simply Shannon said...

That must have been a horrible feeling at the time...but I bet you're happy with the results!
Maybe I should try that the next time they come around? I've tried telling them that we're not interested, but they just don't care.

Elizabeth said...

That is an AWESOME story! I'm glad SITS featured you today!

Deborah said...

hmmm...We have MM that gather just up the street so I guess it's a training center too. Wonder if you're story is shared there too!

Creative Junkie said...

omg.

I'm actually going to keep this in mind the next time someone knocks on my door, wanting to know about my political views and who I'm going to vote for.

Carey said...

I'm so sorry for your embarassment but I have to tell you that made my morning!

Karol said...

That just made my morning! I just about gurantee they won't be visiting the 'streakers' house anymore!! lol..

nicole said...

LOL.

Did any ever come back?

Stitchinwitch said...

That is too funny. I think I may just keep that in reserve next time they come calling this way

Heather said...

You know, it's kinda worth it if it put your house on the map as someone NOT to bother.

I'd be willing to bet those boys had never seen a woman in all her glory before.

Poor little things.

April said...

That is hilarious!!! I would definitely have been mortified silly!!

Shanda said...

It'd would almost be worth it to get rid of the solicitors. Almost but not quite.

Nancy said...

I would agree Most Mortifying!

lmerie said...

Wonderfully mortifying story! Now off to read more of your site!

Mama Mia said...

Oh My GOSH....

Anna Lefler said...

Awesome! This is hilarious!

I really like your blog!

Have a great day...

:^) Anna

Kelly Deneen said...

That is hilarious!! I can now understand why some friends of mine installed extra latches high up on their outside doors. lol.

Nina said...

That is hilarious....
I have that same conversatin with my son about the door every time I shawer but I also keep a baby monitor hooked up and on when in the shower so I know exactly what he is up to.

nikkicrumpet said...

OH MY...I just spewed my morning coke all over my computer screen! My son was a Mormon Missionary and I have to tell you....he has some unbelievable stories to tell. I'm sure your experience was one those missionaries went home and repeated to their families!!! Very funny...well for us...not so funny for you!

Tabitha Blue said...

FUNNY. I love it. Great story and so glad it wasn't me!! Haha. I think it's perfect that your son was so proud the entire time...

Crazy Momma said...

Love it! Here's hoping they never came back :)

Ronda's Rants said...

That is so funny!!!! My son once announced to a phone caller that Mommy is gong POO POO ...turns out it was My Hubby's boss...I was mortified!

Melodie said...

So, all I have to do is flash those people and they won't come back? Does this method work for the Jehovah's Witnesses, too? How about vacuum cleaner salesmen?

Melissa Lester said...

I think they should have known better than to let a 2-year-old unlock the door and let them in. I hope it was a lesson learned!

Cassandra said...

oh my! What a great story! I don't think I would have had the strength to go back to the door afterwards!

Sara Beth said...

that is hysterical! Oh my I too wonder what the conversation was like at the MM training center!

DS's excitement at his own cleverness is so sweet!

Rhea said...

ROFL You cured your solicitor problem for good!! Love this, thanks for sharing your embarrassing moment! I'm impressed you were able to form coherent words.

tidymom said...

LOL too funny - but I bet you didn't have them knocking on YOUR door any more!!!

~Tidymom

Jade, Will and Illy said...

HAHAHA! That is soooo mortifying. Well, at least you weren't forced to make polite conversation with them... I say there's always a sunny side to everything!

Diane said...

What a wonderful story! Made me laugh out loud. Thanks so much for sharing.

Me said...

Thanks for Sharing! AND Happy SITS day!

Danielle said...

I bet those Mormon boys had never seen such a sight!!!

Happy blogging!!!

Lynette said...

LOL. I have a story like that except the husband came home to surprise me with a co-worker. Me? Sitting on the couch in my bra & panties.

KiKi said...

LOL!!!!

Michele said...

Love it! Hysterical. You probably gave those boys a bit of an education. Good for you!

Carrie said...

Hopped over from SITS.

Oh....my....gosh!! I would have DIED!! Literally DIED!!!

I can't believe you said "Hi." That kills me!

Amy said...

I don't know if they'd have been more afraid of seeing my naked body or from the screams at my child for leaving the door open :D

koopermom said...

This is great! I once had a similar experience with the UPS man, but I was in my undies, and just went to the door as is! I figured, eh, they've already seen it let's get it over with. My son got a little talking to about opening the door after that!!

Jen B. said...

OMGosh! I bet they never came back now did they? That was so funny... thanks for the great laugh today!

~~tonya~~ said...

Hilarious!! Bet they won't be back. LOLOL

jen.at.work said...

I should try this! Good way to keep people from knocking on the door.

Andrea said...

Poor boys...and poor you! Yikes!

The Boss Lady said...

Next time I hear the doorbell ring, I'm answering naked. Said solicitor will run screaming at the top of their lungs, and I can relax again. Great idea!

The Jarnagins said...

This is insanely hilarious!!!!!!! Oh, what a moment to remember for that young Mormon.

Kimmie0270 said...

That's hysterical!

EmmaP said...

lol - still laughing - hahaha!

i remember that post by american in norway too! hilarious!

congrats on being todays FB!

sandwiched said...

Oh, boy. The very definition of "mortified!"

Sandra said...

OMG! That is hysterical!!!! Now if I could just make that happen when the J. Witnesses come then maybe they'd stop visiting!!!

ElleBee said...

"Me clever, Mommy!" I love it!

Michaela said...

Love it!! What a great way to stop the solicitations (or is it a way to get even more unwanted ones? *wink*) Great story

Ronnica said...

Oh wow. I don't think I could have even muttered anything before running out of the room!

imbeingheldhostage said...

You win. period. I can't even imagine...

Leiann said...

Way too funny. I would have to agree with several in that I don't think I would have been able to get a word out. I have locks up high on my door because my son opened the door for the Terminex man while I was in the shower. At least my husband was there and the man didn't come in. So Good for me I guess!

Sarah C. said...

Oh...my...goodness. You'll never have another solicitor.

dddiva said...

Too funny! You're a brave woman admitting that in public. Hehehe I love how proud your son was of himself. Aren't kids the greatest? ;)
So glad I found your blog. :)

Firefly said...

Hi found your blog on SITS and stopped by to say hello :) Well kids have a way of cleverness don't they :)

Avery Tales said...

I love it!!! Your little guy was so proud. How cute..or not..at least you can laugh now!

Emily said...

I think I may try that the next time I'm trying to get them to leave me alone! ;)

Marrdy said...

Oh.My.Gosh!!! (Another trip to the bathroom coming!)

I am a Mormon. I have a grandson on a mission.....lucky for both of you he is in Canada.

You are too funny. I think I'm going to like stalking you!

La Pixie said...

you said "hi" to them? LOL oh my gosh, youre my hero. HA

Paige said...

Well whoever said mission work was supposed to be easy.

I did that to the phone man once thinking it was my husband

It so was not.

Even worse, I knew him

Finding Normal said...

OMG. That's all.

ChezChani said...

It's a drastic step, to keep strangers from my door, but definitely worth considering.

Annikke said...

That is funny.

When I was young, one of my friend's dad purposely took all of his clothes off, except his underwear to get rid of the mormon door knockers. I think I was just as horrified as the door knockers!

Felicia Eis said...

LOL I love it! Have to remember that one if I need help someday.

Susan said...

That's one way to keep solicitors away ... too funny. Did you ever get any that worked up the courage to come visit?

Kat said...

I am sure that I would not be able to form coherent words at all. Not at all.

And just because you might be amused, my bloggy friend Elena has a post about this post on her blog right now. But she likes to lurk and not comment :-)

-Bridget said...

I wonder if somewhere out there there isn't a blog with an entry entitled "My Most Mortifying Moment" told by one of two young Mormon Missionaries who happened to knock on the door of a lady who greeted them in her birthday suit.

Mary Anna said...

Well, if you can't shock the Mormons, then what fun is there in life? Happy SITS day!

Cassoulet Cafe said...

This JUST HAPPENED TO ME a couple weeks ago, but I did have a bra and undies on, and they weren't Mormons. I'm gonna post about it soon on my blog!
I can soooo relate! And yes, it's mortifying!

jenn3 said...

Haha. This is so funny! At least they don't bother you anymore. What's a little humilation if it keeps the door knockers away?

Michelle said...

So that is how you keep people away from your front door........clever girl. :)

The Tripp Family said...

too funny! I have a son that age, I will have to be more careful when I shower :) Thanks for sharing your blog w/us, I look forward to reading your recipes!!

Mamasphere said...

I'm totally willing to streak in order to keep the solicitors away! Consider yourself lucky, lol.

Holly at Tropic of Mom said...

So your house is now on some kind of black list, huh? "Don't go to that house -- naked people live there!" I would be mortified for sure.

Caitlin said...

HAHAHAHA! So THAT'S how you get them to stop coming to your door! Next time I see them coming, I am stripping!

meg said...

Well, I must say- that was an orginal way of getting rid of unwanted guests :-S

Jaina said...

Oh how embarrassing. But on the upside, at least you don't get people coming to your door anymore?

Preston said...

OMG, you are hilarious.

togetherforgood said...

Oh good heavens that is too funny-- since it happened to you, not me. LOL

** Sara ** said...

Wow. That is embarrasing. However, think of the laugh you gave the men!!

wendy said...

OMG, that's HYSTERICAL!! I know a boy on a mission right now. I'll have to ask what he'd have done. :)

Happy SITS day!

Michelle said...

This is just too adorable.... and mortifying. On the other hand, it sounds like it saved you from many a doorbell ring that you may not have wanted to deal with. Maybe I should try that one. Nahhhh!

Lindsay said...

Your most mortifying moment is one of my most feared! I know it's gonna happen someday. All windows except the teeny tiny ones next to the front door have blinds and I take my quick naked trip to the kitchen for granted. One day the UPS guy or (heaven forbid) a neighbor is going to be about to knock and stumble backwards at the sight of my blinding white nakedness.

Too funny!

littleeverydaythings said...

My goodness - that's like my worst nightmare, you know, the one where you wake up naked? I bet you get a good chuckle whenever you see any Mormon boys riding around! You're probably on some "do not visit" list, ha,ha,ha,ha! I wonder if I can get on that list without getting naked? JJ!

Columbia Lily said...

ha ha that's awesome!

Heather B. said...

ACK! I would have just died! Very clever he is indeed!!!

Melanie said...

Great way to end those sorts of visits! Did you get a high-placed door chain after this?

Elliemae said...

FUN-NY!!!

TattooedMinivanMom said...

K...I totally have to come to the door naked next time missionaries come by.

Dee said...

I guess it was better that they were mormans than the local beer gutted tradesmen looking for work....

Jennifer P. said...

i'm sure they walked about with smiles on their faces the rest of the day....and feeling very guilty about it :)!

Adrian said...

As sheltered as those boys were, that may have been the high point of their assignment! Poor Mommy! I'll bet that one took a long time to get over.

mrsbear said...

HA! That's wonderful. For us to read, I mean, not for you. I wonder if that would work just as well for door to door sales people. Not that I'd...;-)

Hi there! I'm Leslie... said...

Well, as a mother of twins, all I can say it...

I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND!!

Leslie, aka Menu Maker Mom
http://menumakermom.blogspot.com

Poetikat said...

Think I'll try that on the Jehovah's Witnesses next time!
How old is your son now? I bet this will make great Thanksgiving table-talk when your son is old enough to be embarrassed for you.

Kat

Live.Love.Eat said...

Ok that gets a wow on so many levels. I can't believe your 2 yo could open the door either. My 2 yo could have never.

WheresMyAngels said...

I didn't think I had been to your blog before, but then I read this post and said "Hey, I remember this story." and yes there was a comment from me!! lol

Laurel Plum said...

I almost can't comment I'm laughing so hard! I think we should share mortifying moments more often, it helps to know we are not the only ones ready to climb under the nearest rock from time to time.

angela | the painted house said...

I'm sure you made their day!

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