Thursday, October 16, 2008

Tiara Revoked

I love my imaginary friends! You always have nice things to say, even when I'm a doof. Thanks for all the validation yesterday. I started dusting off my Homecoming tiara, which of course is imaginary, being as I never actually had a Homecoming tiara, or anything like it, really. And then I remembered why I never had one. Because I'm such a doof.

Seriously -

So yesterday afternoon, I got a phone call from the Relief Society President to let me know that someone's mother had a heart attack the day before. The reason she was calling me is that one of the girls, Crystal, (who would be the granddaughter of the heart attackee) was having quite a difficult time with the situation, and since I'm in charge of the young women right now, she thought I should know. I was listening to her. I really was.

But I was also doing about eleventy seven other things. So I'm saying,
"ok, yes. Grandmother died of a heart attack. We'll get on it and take care of her. Is there anything else we can do? "
In the meantime, the stove is boiling over, Mimi is doing a little pantomime to ask if she can walk to the park, and The Brain is calling me from the basement. I was distracted, OK? She said there wasn't really anything else to be done, so I hung up and immediately called the leader for the 14-15 year olds, told her about the situation, and asked her to give Crystal a call to check on her and figure out what would be appropriate. Problem handled, right?

Wrong.

15 minutes later I got a call back from a very flustered leader, who told me about the conversation that went something like this:

Hey Crystal. How are you?

I'm OK.

Well, I was so sorry to hear that your grandma died.

...little pause...

WHAT?! WHEN DID SHE DIE? I JUST TALKED TO HER ABOUT 2 HOURS AGO!

Oh, wait, maybe I'm wrong!

OH MY GOSH! OH MY GOSH!

Wait, Crystal! I thought she died yesterday! I'm probably wrong! Let's find out before we panic!

OH MY GOSH! OH MY GOSH!



Oh Cheeze Whiz! Upon further investigation, well, pretty much I'm an idiot.

It's so funny, but it's so not funny. (If it hadn't happened to me, I'd think it was hilarious.)



At least Crystal did feel better by the time we got it straightened out. So as it turns out, we got the job done.


Sheeze.

35 comments:

RunJenRun said...

Oh man! This is just too real. I have been in one of those "can't take it back" situations. But this is seriously when you begin to ask yourself what am I doing? Why do I have so many balls in the air? Been there done that.....sadly. (But very comical situation if your not the one living it. :))

lmerie said...

Yikes! Seeing as I am in the south, I have to say:
"Bless Your Heart!!"

May today be free of all cheese whiz things!

taturner said...

Oops!

Becky said...

Ahhh, I just hate getting important phone calls when I'm in the middle of everything.

Makes you wish you had the power to pause time.

Poor girl! I'm glad she feels better now. I can very well imagine how uncomfortable that misunderstanding must have been for everyone!

Yvonne said...

I'm not a good multi-tasker--SO I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND!!!

LisAway said...

I HATE being on the phone and yesing the whole way through and hanging up and realizing that I can't piece all the information together because of the chaos around during the call. Then comes the dilemma, do I call back and ask the person to repeat the whole thing? They'll be like, "Um, so you weren't listening to me that whole time?"

And this is pretty terrible. Just one teeny tiny detail you missed. Too bad you missed that one and not the part about which valve of her heart had failed or something less relevant!

the MomBabe said...

oh no! Crystal is going to be scarred for life now.

Aunty Em said...

I love it! You sound like me. That's something I would have done. But just think, you gave that girl something to be grateful for. You're a good leader.

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Crazy Mom of Four said...

ok that is kind of funny in a not so funny way. quite a turn on the ol' telephone game.

Amy Peterson said...

I really needed to know that I'm not the only doof left in the world! He He thanks for that great laugh!

kristen said...

Did you say "Eleventy Seven"? Because as a math and English teacher, I just can't condone that kind of talk. ;-)

Don't you love it when things get jacked up in a 30 minute time period and it causes you stress and heart failure?

The Dillon 6 said...

my favorite part of this is the Label you assigned to it! I hope everyone forgives you for being perfectly human!!! I know I would ~ after I wiped my mascara from my cheeks from laughing so hard. ;)

The Wiz said...

Ok, that IS FUNNY. Because it didn't happen to me.

Pezlady Jana said...

Start saving your money so you can personally pay for her therapy! Your so awesome!! Loved it! And P.S. Thanks for following me too! :]

Paul said...

So, she has to go through the grief of the grandma dying.

Then, she gets to learn that, indeed, the grandma is still alive.

By my math, finding out a deceased grandma was still alive would be the best thing to happen to a person - maybe in their entire life.

Is there a down side to this story?

Heather of the EO said...

I'm sorry. But I giggled through the whole story.
I have to go giggle some more now.

sue q said...

Ouch. Open mouth, insert somebody else's foot. That can be painful.

I believe that Murphy's law dictates a phone call always comes when your children are quiet, but as soon as you answer it, all heck breaks loose. And the Mormon version of Murphy's law dictates that when a women with several children under a certain age is called as YW president (BEEN there!! I understand everything you're saying!), her telephone will always ring at dinner time.

I don't know, you tell me. Am I right, or am I right?

Meanwhile, give Crystal a really big hug, admit your responsibility in the mis-understanding, love her, hug her again, and she will respect you for your honesty. After she forgives you.

mormonhermitmom said...

Phew. Could have been worse. I need a sign around my neck some days, "open mouth, insert foot".

And thanks for the little follower chickee. It's cute:)

jennie w. said...

Oh, so painfully hilarious. The most embarassing stories are always the funniest (after a lot of time has passed).

ganelle said...

WOW! To find out your grandma died from your YW leader. Bummer!!!

So funny! I could see myself doing the same thing!

Heather said...

HA HA HA HA! Ok, it's funny just because it all worked out. You made me not miss those crazy days of YW with that story, good thing I was getting a little nostalgic.

Motherboard said...

{{snicker}}

That's just dang funny! I hope you offered to pay for her therapy!

Jan said...

Whoop there it is.

So funny, but not. I hate those times.

Kimberly said...

Gah! That is so something I would do! For serious!!

Doran & Jody said...

Eh heh. Oops.....I mean.....hmm.

Jill said...

That's the exact reason why I go and hide in the closet whenever I'm talking on the phone.

Glad it turned out OK.

That Girl in Brazil said...

WAAAHAHAHAWAWAWAHHAHAHAAAAA!!!

Okay, TOO funny. I am also YW president and soooooo feel your pain.

Melissa said...

I should not laugh... I really shouldn't... but I am :) Thanks for letting me have a chuckle at your expense ;)

Marivic_Little GrumpyAngel said...

Big OOOOOOPSIE! But since it turned out okay---Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! Too funny. But yes, I hate it when I have so many things going on I can't pay attention to one thing. My kids sometimes ask me if I have ADD. I say I don't have A-D-D. I have K-I-D-S!

Chell said...

Oh my goodness! Im laughing...really hard....still laughing!


I hate those moments.

sogratefultobemormon.wordpress.com said...

^^hugs^^

Nancy Face said...

That could happen SO EASILY! :0

One summer, as I was frantically trying to wrap up all my preparations to leave for Girls' Camp, my mother-in-law called to let us know that her stepmom (Kris Face's grandmother) had just passed away. By the time Kris got home from work, I. HAD. COMPLETELY. FORGOTTEN.

The next day, when he was talking to his mom, she could not believe I had forgotten to tell him! I was in deep poop, and it took a very long time to climb out of it.

cornnut32 said...

some day she'll look back on it and laugh. so don't stress too much about it. :)

Lauren said...

Hold up...what happened then? Am I retarded? Did the grandma only have a heart attack and not die? Or was this someone else's grandma that DID die? I am so confused. And so blond.