Have you ever said something and realize it was a bad idea? The words come out and you can literally see the letters flying over your tongue and past your lips. You desperately try to catch them but, it's too late, you said it? You may be thinking the following story is about me saying something foolish. Generally, this could be a correct assumption but this story--thankfully--is NOT something I regretted saying.
This is a tale about the cashier at Wendys. DUN DUN DUN (can you hear the foreboding music?) She was the one who said the "no-no." I was the one watching the actual words (in Times New Roman Font) come flying out of her mouth and I tried--believe me I tried--shoving the letters back over her tongue and ramming them down her throat but, lets be real here, they weren't actually tangible so she just got a very good scowl from me. But, before curiosity drives ya wild, here is the story.
We were at Wendys. It was a nice day, warm. The girls wanted chicken nuggets with sweet and sour sauce. Loren wanted a spicy chicken sandwich. I wanted a frosty--I'm all about the health food. We went to Wendys and were very pleased that the line was short. It was noon and generally it's a high traffic fast food joint. The lady taking our order seemed nice enough. She was about 5'5', mousy to gray colored hair. A missing front tooth. And, I kid you not, breasts that had to range in the double F cup size. (do they even make them that big??) You may be asking what her appearance has to do with this story, nothing actually. I just wanted to throw that out there.
This is how the conversation went. I should also mention Sydney's site was in her arm which does make it more noticeable but Syd loves it there so she just has to deal with more questions and rather rude/weird responses. It's a learning experience all around.
Weird Wendys worker: "Hey whats that in your arm?"
Sydney: "My site. I have diabetes."
Weird Wendys worker: "Oh I have a friend who had that. It made her sick. She had the bad kind though. Then she got cancer. Maybe from the diabetes. I don't really know. Then she died. It was a few years ago though. It was sad but we are ok now."
Ok, I'm thinking, did she actually just say those words to my 5 year old. The lady's face got all contorted in a weird half smile half and a scared "I think this lady just might wait for me after work to beat me up " look. And that's probably a pretty accurate description of what my face was portraying. And then there is Sydney who is looking at me and then the Wendys lady. And me and then the Wendys lady. I honestly, and this may be a first for me, was at a complete loss for words.
By this time I had paid so we just walked away and Loren waited for our food at the other end of the counter. Sydney never brought it up and I didn't mention it. I thought some things are better to just let die---apparently like this ladies friend who died from diabetes cancer. SHEESH!
Now why do I tell you this story? Let it be a lesson for all of us to think before we speak. Of course I may be the one who needs this lesson most because I am famous for saying the wrong things at the wrong time. I am happy to say this time IT WASN'T me! :-)
And, as a final sidenote that I feel is worth mentioning, there is no such thing as diabetes cancer.
So have you ever said the wrong thing at the wrong time and wished you could take it back?
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