When I was in seventh grade a girl asked me to a “girls’ choice” dance. It was the first formal type event I’d ever been asked to attend. I was naïve and didn’t know that I was expected to buy and bring a corsage.
The girl and her mother were gracious about the fact that I didn’t bring a corsage, and the girl and I went on to the dance.
But I was so sensitive about what I considered my blunder that as we traded dances I’d say to my new dance partner, “I wish they’d turn the lights down.”
Well those remarks got around to the girls at the dance and I was marked, not as dolt who didn’t buy a corsage, but a lothario who wanted the lights turned down.
Dr. Larry day is a retired J-School professor turned humor writer. His book, Day Dreaming: Tales From the Fourth Dementia is available for purchase via his website: http://www.daydreaming.co