"Have you ever SEEN your boyfriend? Do you even know what he looks like?" C's best bud asked when he took the phone from C.
Oh no, not again. What did I mess up? A few months before I had sent a pair of cherry-red pajama pants to C as a joke for Valentine's day. (I don't do Valentine's day). They had giant white hearts all over them. They were obnoxious. I thought I was being the cute kind of funny. The joke was on me. I "may" have not checked the size before I checked out. They were WAY too big. And my funny boyfriend (now husband) paraded through the halls of his building in Baghdad in his embarrassingly oversized Valentine's pants. He may as well have carried a sign explaining how frazzle-brained his girlfriend could be because he told everyone who gave him a funny look. He laughed right along with them.
And this time it was worse. Again, I thought I was being funny. Thought I was being a little sassy giving my Mississippi-raised boyfriend and graduate an LSU football T-shirt. I was giggling so much in my head as I checked out at the store that I missed the "YOUTH" sign above the shelves of shirts. I plopped it directly into the shipping box, sealed it, and had it sent out before I made it to my next class.
He couldn't wear that shirt down the halls. He couldn't even fit it over his head. I'm pretty sure it would have cut off his circulation. But, never-the-less, there is no doubt in my mind that D-Co's nearly one hundred men all knew about that shirt. There is no doubt because I heard about it from these men until they deployed again. I heard about it every time I was introduced to one of these guys - whether his or not. I heard about it when they said their official good-bye to C and gave him his plaque. They all knew. And they all laughed. And I turned red every time.
We all do funny things on accident that can be embarrassing - especially in the first stages of this life. I know that my embarrassment caused a good bit of laughter for a lot of soldiers very far from home. He kept the shirt. A few days ago I found the Valentine's day pants. And I couldn't help from laugh. Because they are still HUGE and that shirt has NEVER been worn - after five years.
I guess they were worth keeping. : )
Any funny/embarrassing stories between you and your soldier starting out? We all need a good laugh sometimes.