I have been attempting to get my very good friend, who will go unnamed in this story, to share one of her most embarrassing moments. You probably know her so I won’t divulge her name but let’s just say it starts with a “C” and ends in a “y”. But I promised to keep her identity a secret so I won’t tell you who it is. This is a moment in her life that time stood still for a beat and she wanted to crawl in a hole and disappear from where she stood. But this story is just too funny to keep it a secret so we have compromised and she has allowed me to tell it for her.
First of all, this event took place many years ago but when we talk about it, I still see a blush on her face at the horror of it all. Yes, it’s that embarrassing.
As women, it’s sometimes necessary to carry certain feminine products in our purses. It’s not really a big deal to us and we know that all women necessarily prepare for that time of the month. It’s just that it’s not something that is usually addressed in public settings with strangers. You may have a friend ask if you if you have supplies if she’s caught off guard and unprepared but for the most part, we don’t really talk about having tampons in our purses.
This friend was waiting in line at a grocery store customer service line when she had to face the worst of worst scenarios. She dug into her purse to get her checkbook and when she pulled it out, guess what came flying out of her purse right along with the checkbook? That’s right, a tampon! And I mean it came FLYING out. She says she heard the music from Chariots of Fire playing in her head as time slowed down and in slow motion her tampon twirled through the air in a huge arc and hit the floor several feet away in front of the man standing behind her. What’s a girl to do in this situation? Act like it’s not yours when everyone clearly saw it fly out of your purse? Bend down and pick it up and act like it’s no big deal staring down anyone that dares to look you in the eyes? Or wish that the ground would swallow you up and you could disappear? Well, like a trooper, she bent down and picked it up and kept her head down in case there was anyone nearby that was visibly laughing at her.
Now you probably understand why she is reluctant to let her identity be known. But if you have paid any attention to this website at all, you may have a good idea who this happened to. But I didn’t name names!
What is the lesson to be learned here? ALWAYS keep your tampons in the little zippered section of your purse with NOTHING else in there. That way, the ONLY time you EVER open the zipper and risk one spilling out is when you have intentionally unzipped the little pouch and are most likely in a ladies room.
Please take this advice and don’t let the horrific scene described above happen to you!