Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Nice To Meet You

A while back, the girls and I were invited to a party. It was described as a party for Big and Little girls. We got dolled up and walked over to the house. The host was a mom of one of the girls' school friends. I was quite excited and expected to see many of the mothers I knew from school. However, when we arrived I nervously scanned the faces for someone familiar and came up short. I was introduced to the women gathered around the table, but the names came at me quickly - and in the melting pot in which we now live, I don't get the standard name fare that I'm accustomed to having grown up in Texas.

"You know Lumpia, don't you?" I was asked.

Having just been introduced to a bunch of women, I didn't want to seem rude or ignorant. Drawing all the cues I could from the situation I made eye contact with the woman across from me and mustered up an enthusiastic explanation.

"Oh, yes!" I replied, "We met at school."

The table erupted in laughter. Lumpia is not person. It's a Filipino spring roll.

The story is poignant to me today, because it seems like for all my efforts, I still come up short on so many fronts. Take blogging: I'm still trying to format Monday's post so that it's legible. Or Tuesday's post where I left the 'h' of the http:// on the link. (Now fixed.) I guess there are just some people who are destined to walk through life with toilet paper stuck to their shoes. The least I can do, is to keep trying with a smile on my face and some spring roll stuck between my teeth.


Rockzee said...

The reason you said that is because you're so eager to find a connection with people, which is what's so charming about you.

This post reminds me of your reaction shortly after meeting Charlie when he told you he was gay, and you didn't miss a beat before quipping, "Oh really? Well, I live in San Francisco!"

We love you just the way you are, honey.

another good thing said...

Too sweet. I stick my foot in my mouth so often I know the taste of sole... which sounds like a really clever fish pun, but was absolutely unintended- see, there I go again.

Miss Grace said...

OH but this made me laugh.

mrs. blogoway said...

Your blog makes me happy. Don't ever stop.

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