I have several stories from my childhood that my children think are so funny. Listening to them giggle over my mishaps makes me excited to someday work them into a book but for now I’ll share one with you so you can be an insider if it ever pops up in a story.
When I was young, six or seven, I got all dressed up for Halloween. I went as a princess that year and I remember the sparkly dress so well. It wasn’t modeled after a Disney princess. It was homemade and scratchy!
When you grow up in a big family you learn quickly to seize opportunities when they come rather than wait for them. We were headed to our very good friends house and I wanted to ring that doorbell. With bag in hand, I rand for the door, determined to be the one to press that button.
I never made it! I ran right into the built-in hot tub and came up sputtering. I remember the embarrassment and disappointment so well. I thought it couldn’t get any worse.
My parents wrapped me in an old blanket that had been in the car while they visited with their friends. Everyone was having such a good time, except me. The doorbell sounded and a family walked in. Lo and behold it was the family of one of my friends.
“What are you supposed to be?” she asked.
I looked down at my legs wrapped up in a blanket and kicked them around. “A mermaid,” I said.
And now I laugh because it’s all so funny. Who actually walks into a hot tub?
I have a rather extensive list of moments that seemed so horrible at the time. Now I’m always trying to think of a way to work them into my stories! I haven’t written a contemporary novel so using my hot tub story might be hard but I’ll keep thinking on it!
How about you? Any funny moments you think would make good comedic scenes?
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