Monday, September 13, 2010
Bonfire Talks and Other Embarrassing Tales
I've been really struggling today. I knew that I really wanted to write today but I couldn't find any inspiration. I feel so numb today. This whole adjusting it starting to set in but I still have days that are harder than others. Today being one of those days. I couldn't think of anything to write about, or had any inspiration to do anything really... That was until I read my fathers blog. If you haven't checked out my dads new blog you've got to check it out. http://www.bretpemelton.com . My dad's always been one of the wittiest people I've known and has always found ways to make me laugh. And his post this week did just that for me. It also got me thinking and inspired to write my own version of his post.
Most Embarrassing Moments In Your Life?
Everyone has been asked, whats the most embarrassing moment in your life?
And like my father I have not had many of those moments. I am not easily embarrassed. When your mother is Diana Pemelton, take it back, when you are a Pemelton at all, you can't have any shame. haha.
But there are some moments that stick out in being the most embarrassing. These are those few times.
I have sat here staring at the blinking text bar trying to think of the times that I have truly been embarrassed and I really can only think of three. So here are my top 3 most embarrassing moments.
Number 3: School Bully
Now this one isn't necessarily starting a light hearted list off.... lightheartedly. haha But bear with me, theres more to the story than the embarrassing moment.
As most of you know, I personally attended most of my elementary, middle and high school years at Pleasant View Christian School. I however did not attend there the first part of my 6th grade year, and the first part of my 8th grade year. During the first semester of my 8th grade year I attended school at Sycamore Middle School. Now one thing I am definitely for certain of is this: Transferring to a new school in 8th grade is social suicide. Everyone already has there established friends and cliques, so you're left to really just fend for yourself.
Now in saying that, my experience at Sycamore Middle was not the most horrendous experience of my life, but it wasn't the highlight of my school career either. Sycamore opened me up to things I never had to deal with before. 1) No dress code. I could wear whatever I wanted. That was awesome. 2) The teachers I had were great. They really helped me through that year. but the third thing is what ties this tale into the topic. 3) I dealt with Bullies for the first time.
During the first few days of homeroom I stayed pretty quiet. Did my work and then moved on. The basketball superstar happened to be in my homeroom, and he also happened to know of his popularity. So pretty early on in the year good ole "Dipstick" people called him, started picking on me. Normally I just ignored his bullcrap that he slung. But one time really caught me off guard and really brought me to embarrassment.
I was walking home with Cooper one day from school and I saw Dipstick and his little posse starting to make his way towards us. I don't know what I expected to happen, but I knew I was smarter than them and always could make them laugh so they would not pummel me. I think I looked up and said something like "Oh, hey guys." And then they pushed me down a hill that descended to the high school. They all ran off laughing, and I was left there wiping off all the grass that had gathered on my clothes and I looked up to see Cooper just staring at me. I was so embarrassed. I was embarrassed for him to see his big brother be treated that way. I was suppose to be strong for him, not some nerd that got pushed down by jocks who thought they were on top of the world.
Now hang with me, don't worry, its starting to get lighter, I eventually got back at the ever so bright "Dipstick."
When I turned 13 my dad gave me a ring that had our family crest on it, and it was somewhat of a symbol for me becoming a man. So I wore it proud, and my dad wore one as well. So one day I was doing my math in class and Dipstick asked to see my ring. Our relationship was up and down. Sometimes he would be a complete jack"butt" and sometimes he would just be whatever and not do anything. I didn't see anything wrong with letting him see my ring so I let him see it. He then looked at me smiled and stomped on my ring. The ring wasn't pure gold or silver so the material flattened and actually broke into a couple pieces. He smiled and looked back up at me waiting to see my reaction.
I wasn't going to let him win again. When he looked at me to get my reaction I looked at him square in the eye and said, "You bastard what have you done?" I think this was the first and only profanity I said at Sycamore. I was known as a christian so I made sure to watch my mouth. But this time I said it, "You bastard what have you done?" He looked at me and smiled bigger. I then looked at him and said "That was the last thing my dad gave me before he died in a car accident." Apparently I said that a bit loud because the whole classroom stopped and looked at Dipstick. His face dropped. He picked up the pieces and said he didn't know. And he turned back to his desk.
I went home and told my dad proudly, that I pronounced him dead to the school bully and I stood up for myself. Even though it was a lie, it was totally worth it and I would totally tell it again just to watch Dipstick's face again.
Ok. Now lets move on to lighter much better stories of embarrassment.
Number 2: Screen Jumper
In 2002 my family all traveled to California for my cousins wedding.
The night after the wedding we all gathered at her new in-laws house for the present opening. We spent all day watching them open present after present. It was a fun day. We had some wonderful food and all had some hearty laughs. But I think the laugh that was heard the loudest was the ones that I heard at the end of the night. My dad told me and my brothers and sisters it was time to go back to my aunts house. So we all got in the car, but I decided I wanted another coke, so I ran back into the house and headed to the backyard where the drinks were at. I quickly ran past everyone in the house and once I got to the end of the room I jumped through the open door. Only problem was the door was open but it had a screen. I jumped straight through the Frawleys screen door. I was so embarrassed. I told them I was sorry and then I ran to the car. haha.
I later talked to Mr. Frawley about it and he laughed thinking about the whole ordeal.
Now its time for the number one, the one thing that I tell everyone was the most embarrassing moment of my life thus far.
Number One: Boyscouts, Bonfires, and Blabbermouths.
Throughout the years my mom has tried to get us Pemelton boys involved in several different clubs of sorts. We tried soccer, basketball, baseball and a couple other things. But nothing really stuck, we've never been the sports type, but we definitely tried. One year mom signed Tucker up for Boyscouts. Somehow through that process she signed Me and dad to go camping with tucker that summer. Cooper somehow got out of the whole event, I don't remember how, but that jerk got out. So it was just me dad and tucker surrounded by a bunch of country men and their kids. Most of these guys had their camouflage coveralls and their hunting gear with them. Where as the pemelton's had our tent and we were looking at the directions to see how to set it up. haha. We clearly did not belong to this group. But we did it anyway!
The second day of the camp I told my dad I was gonna go exploring because I was getting bored of the boy scouts outing. What my dad did not know, was that I wasn't going to go exploring at all. The girl who I was really into at the time lived right behind the camp grounds in a subdivision. So I walked over to her house and spent the day over at her house with her family. They eventually brought me back to the campgrounds. Coincidentally the girl's little nephew was at the boy scout event too so her and her mom came to the camp grounds with me and hung out there for quite a while.
So me and Melissa walked straight up to the campfire where all the men and there sons were cooking hot dogs and marshmallows. I saw dad, introduced the girl to him and started talking with Melissa, but then a voice that I will never forget began to speak. Tucker. Tucker looked up and saw Melissa and his face lit up. Somehow, at the age of maybe 10 or 11 he concocted what I would say was tuckers shinning moment. He saw her and without missing a beat said, "Hey tanner, isn't that the girl that you have pictures of all over your walls? and you draw hearts around? Don't you have a pillow with her face on it that you kiss every night?" The whole group went quiet for a split second. And then my dad just started laughing and gave tucker a high five and said, "Wow tucker, You got him. Yeah!" haha. The whole bonfire erupted with laughter. I could have killed tucker in that moment and so could have Melissa.
I can easily say that moment was the most embarrassed I have ever been. I couldn't say anything. I just looked at his cheap little smile and then back to Melissa look of horror and then back to him. I was literally speechless. How did he come up with that? There were no pictures, no pillows, but there was an awesome statement that came out of this little boys head. I couldn't say a thing. Tucker got me that night, and I will forever remember that moment. haha.
I have only lived 20 years so far. So I'm sure there are many more stories to come over the years, but I pray to God that none of them come close to the embarrassment that I felt that night. haha.
So I end this post with the same challenge my dad left on his that drove me to write this. What was your most embarrassing moment?
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