Which of These Things?

This past Sunday was the children’s program at our church and since I direct the children’s music, I was going to be standing in front of the audience for about 30 minutes (also, do not be even marginally impressed by this whole talk of me directing the music – my musical abilities are minimal, to say the least).

On the way to church, I suddenly had a terribly paranoid feeling that I’d put on two different shoes. Wouldn’t that just be charming? I looked down and noted with relief that I had two matching black pumps on. Crisis averted.

A few minutes before it all began, I went to the bathroom. The bathroom has a very large full-length mirror near the door, so I was fixing my hair in it when I realized that I was wearing two different earrings. One was a small chain of silver and gray squares. The other was a big brown glass drop with gold hardware. They were about as unalike as any two earrings in my jewelry box (jewelry box = old Altoid tin) could be.

I took them out and shoved them in my purse, very glad it was my earrings that didn’t match, rather than my shoes, as it would have been far worse to have to get up in front of 200 people with mismatched or no shoes on, rather than with no earrings on.

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  • Reply Jennifer Lee December 16, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    A couple of things–first, I had no idea that was your calling! What lucky kids! Second–it’s like you experienced the grown-up version of the nightmare of going to school without pants. And third–your primary program is LATE in the year! I hope it was wonderful.

  • Reply Packrat December 16, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    Oh, thank goodness things like mismatched items happen to others! Not that I want you or anyone else to have embarrassing moments, but that I’m glad I’m not the only one that it happens to.

    Also, I would guess that you have more musical talent than you are admitting – yes?.

  • Reply Noelle December 16, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Ha! I just did that the other day too. I looked in the box, grabbed the matching earring (or so I thought) and put it in. It wasn’t until I looked in the mirror 20 minutes later that I realized what I’d done.

  • Reply The Liddells December 16, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    That’s scary! My mom once was walking into the church building and one of the women of the ward called her name, so she turned around the the lady told her that her skirts was tucked into her nylons…so basically everyone would have seen what comes underneath the skirt. And she played the organ too, so she would have been up in front of everyone. Scary times!

  • Reply Liz December 16, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    I direct the music in sacrament, so I’m up there almost every Sunday. A few weeks ago, I looked in the mirror AFTER church and realized I’d only put one earring in.

    The other was still in my jewelry box, so I couldn’t even pretend that it fell out on the way home.

  • Reply Jeanelle December 16, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    I was just talking to the girls at work about this fear I used to have that I’d leave my house in only my slip (back in the day when I wore one.) The next day, I came THISCLOSE to leaving with my pants on inside out. I noticed when I went to button them after wearing them around the house all morning unbuttoned.

  • Reply Jess December 17, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    How funny… it’s like you knew something was off, and your mind was trying to tell you, but it missed the earrings and landed on the shoes.

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