The other day, my co-workers and I somehow ended up in a conversation about talking to ourselves. One friend mentioned how she tends to talk to herself at the grocery store saying things like, "Oh, man! I forgot the chips!" Another said she talks to other drivers on the road even though they can't hear her exclaiming, "A blinker would be nice, mister!"
That's when I piped in with, "RIGHT?!? And when you talk about yourself in the 3rd person because you're a mom. Like 'Mommy needs to get Diet Coke' or 'Mommy forgot the diapers' or 'Mommy needs to go potty!'"
They all laughed and one friend said, "Yeah... But that's okay because you have the baby with you."
And this is where my fatal error occurred. There's that filter that most people have that sensors your words before they come out of your mouth. Mine doesn't always work properly, and this was one of those times when it failed me miserably.
When my friend said, "... you have the baby with you," I should have said, "Uh... Yeah. That's right. The baby... Yeah."
What I actually said was, "Ha! No, I don't."
All light-hearted banter ceased, and everyone stared at me with that "Oh... This poor girl needs medication" look on their faces. You could hear the crickets chirping in the silence as they stared at me with their mouths agape in disbelief. "Oh, honey. That's bad..." they said.
You mean you don't do that?!? Oh... Oops!