"What if I say something embarrassing?" my daughter asks me.
I am pouring birthday cupcake batter into the tin as we talk. On Sunday, she will be selling Girl Scout cookies and she's worried she will say something wrong.
"It's okay. Sometimes that happens. Let me tell you about the time I said something embarrassing. I was a high school student, working at a department store in the mall. My department was the costume jewelry area and across from me was the valuable jewelry. The lady who worked there always chatted with me and I liked her very much.
One day, I was unwrapping new earrings to put on display. They were hoops with dolphins and I thought they were so ugly and tacky. I walked over to her and said, 'Check out these ugly earrings! Aren't they awful?!'
And, of course, the lady was wearing the exact pair of earrings that I was talking about!"
"Oh no!" my daughter laughed.
"I felt awful. I never meant to be insulting. It was a mistake and I regretted it. Sometimes that happens."
"Tell me another story!" my daughter asked.
Stories are always good to share.
Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski