A student here at New Haven High School, who wishes to remain anonymous, shares the time he or she once took a fall, in the fall. “On the first day of 7th grade, I was sitting in Mr. Carey's math class, and he was talking about the desks. If a student leans over the right side of the desk, it tips over really easily. Well, I just happened to be sitting in the middle of the class, and I dropped my pencil off the right side of my desk and went to pick it up. Well, I leaned over the side of the desk too far, and BOOM! I wiped out. The whole class started laughing, and Mr. Carey just shook his head.”
Some stories are similar in comparison; for example, Courtney Yowell and Britany Willimann both have humiliated themselves while trying to multitask and continue to be captivated in a book. Courtney admits, “ I was sitting in class reading my book and my teacher was talking to me for a little bit, and then I went back to reading. Then they started talking, and I talked to them while I was still facing my book. But then everyone started laughing, so I was confused. I asked what was so funny, and the teacher said ‘I wasn't talking to you’. So, I went back to reading with a red face.” Britany once tried to walk and read at the same time, ran into a door, and almost “trampled” a middle schooler. The saying, “Some people can’t walk and chew their gum at the same time,” comes into play in both of these scenarios.
Another embarrassing yet laughable moment occurred when Dalton Gerdes was in elementary school. He and a friend where walking down the hallway and noticed that a pair of underwear had “attached itself” to Dalton’s foot. Dalton’s friend asked, "’So, when did you get the new underwear?"
He responded,"’I did not know that I got anything new.’ So I kicked it off my foot and it landed on the railing of the stairs. Just thinking that it was a good place for it, I guess, we went to class.” After his embarrassing experience, Dalton now is able to look back and laugh it off.
After reading these stories, instead of being completely embarrassed in a moment of shame, try embracing the moment and laugh it off.
-by Paige Adams