How Seriously Do You Take Yourself?

One of my most embarrassing moments involves a speaking engagement, a skirt, and a very windy day in Texas.

The First Laugh

I had been invited to speak in front of about fifty people. I parked my car in the parking lot outside the venue and took a moment to collect myself. I don’t usually get nervous when I speak, but I do get a little excitable, so I like to take a few deep breaths and say a quick prayer before heading in to greet people.

So after I turned off the ignition, I breathed deeply, silenced my phone, and smoothed the full skirt of my dress. I was ready.

I stepped out of my car. And a gust of wind lifted my skirt up so that the hem slapped me in the back of the head.

I shrieked. I fumbled to pull it down. I pushed the hair out of my face, and looked around.

Please, please, please, let the parking lot be empty, I thought.

Then I spotted them: a man and a woman sitting in their car directly behind me and, now, courteously pretending not to notice me.

I had just mooned...

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