It was a ponytail-and-glasses morning. I hadn't showered and had just slipped into a tank top and summer skirt as I packed the bags for our weekend away.
"Hullo! Il y a quelqu'un? Marchant de pommes!"
I glanced out the upstairs winodw, then ran down. People generally peek around the sliding side door once they realize it's open, so I exited there. The gentleman waiting at the front door jumped, startled.
He recovered and introduced himself. Iclassed him as a typically handsome Frenchman with salt-and-pepper hair and a bit of arrogance and charm,
"I am the apple merchant for a local orchard. Are your parents here?"
Um, uh huh. No. Should I say, "My parents are 8,000 kilometers away?" or maybe "No, but you can just talk to me?"
I decided on, "I am actually the lady of the house." Dignified, but said with a laugh to minimize embarrassement.
The man was mortified, clapping his hand over his heart, he begged forgiveness.
"Don't worry, c'est rien, it's nothing. My glasses make me look...young." Since when did glasses ever do that, Jenna? I don't know. Had to say something.
The poor man pulled himself together again and explained the size and prices of his wares....until my son wandered out looking for me. The man glanced at him, then me, realizing his mistake was even bigger than he had thought. I carried on the conversation before the baby could start crying.
Afterwards, I wondered exactly how old he thought I was, to ask for my parents. I figure I've probably got a good ten years of leeway before the red wine, sleep deprivation, laugh lines and pastry age me to my real age.. Until then, I'd better keep my ID with me!
As anyone made a funny assumption about you? What mistake has inspired you to laugh lately? Have you laughed at yourself today?
On another note, I'm thinking about starting a regular post subject for Saturdays spotlighting where published authors have gotten their inspiration. I hope to have some guests (let me know if you're interested!) and dig up some research on the classics. I'd love some input on what I could call this feature. Leave me your idea, or the number for the one you like in the comments. I'm a little dry on ideas ;) Thanks!
1) Inspired Author Saturday
2) The Start of the Story
3) Story Starters Saturday
4) Inspired Ideas