I am not someone who embarrasses easily – I think it has something to do with being a child performer (singing, dancing, acting or debating in front of friends and strangers) – I really didn’t have the same type of awkward perspective in my teenage years that most people do. (Not to say I didn’t experience things that would be considered embarrassing, just that I found them hilarious or cool, or just plain fun.)
However, I do often recall a time from early childhood that sits uncomfortably in my memories.
I was around 4 or 5 – old enough to play with the other kids on the street, but not really be good at anything.
Growing up in New York City in the late 70s/early 80s was a time of playing in the streets – stickball, homemade light saber battles and hide and seek were often on tap for us kids in the block.
There was one kid who was older – probably around 10 or 12 – and I idolized him. He was so nice to everyone. He’d always help set everything up and take things down. He was awesome.
I was in a different school that got out earlier than everyone else, so I’d always come home and changed out of my uniform, then go lay out on top of or family car to sun myself while waiting for all the other kids to get home.
One day, I’m out on the car for a good 30 minutes before he shows up to set up the net. He looks over at me and says hi like he always does, but doesn’t ask me to come help (which is unusual.)
I lay there watching him for another 5 minutes or so when I realized my back was getting really hot. Burning hot.
I looked down, and I didn’t have a shirt on.
I was mortified.
I was only 4 or 5, but I was most definitely a girl. I knew that girls were supposed to have tops on, and so did he, and I didn’t have one on. He was too embarrassed to say anything and I was too embarrassed for being an idiot.
I ran inside and stayed there for a week.
When I finally came out to play again, he didn’t say anything but he looked at me funny.
We moved soon after that so I honestly don’t know how long it would have taken to get back to normal. The fact that I still remember it after so many years should tell you that it had a huge effect on me.
Originally Posted: https://www.quora.com/Whats-the-most-embarrassing-thing-thats-happened-to-you-in-front-of-your-crush
Originally Posted On: 2016-01-31