Still musing over the notion of the ability of the human mind to repress painfully embarrassing memories, I have found that there are many things that should embarrass me that don't. Apparently, my loved ones have no problem at all with such memories and can be quite helpful when trying to recall them.
According to my oldest son, I should be embarrassed every time I get behind the wheel of our bulky SUV. Sure, after 6 years I still struggle a bit with parking the beast but no biggy. But in the last 24 hours alone, I have run over the curb at the Carl's Jr. drive-thru, accidentally hit the gas when parking at the grocery store propelling a shopping cart to within inches of a parked BMW, and this morning I accidentally ran over an orange pylon which got stuck under my car where it stayed firmly in place whether I went forward or backward until my #2 son got under the car and dragged it out. And yes, of course, there was an audience.
My sons were also quick to agree that I should be embarrassed anytime I sing, throw a baseball (apparently I throw like a girl, go figure)... or wear my clear plastic clogs. (As if they didn't embarass me practically every time we're out in public!)
Now, I haven't asked her for fear of the painful memories she would un-earth, but I'm sure my mother would be quick to bring up the hours spent in the Mexican airport with my younger brother and a bottle of tequila. Technically, I believe this would fall somewhere under shame as opposed to embarrassment but honestly I really feel neither. It was, afterall, quite expensive tequila that had already been opened and it really would've been equally shameful to waste it. And do we look bothered at all in that picture? I think not.
As a final addition to my husband's earlier contribution, he also feels I should be at least vaguly embarrassed by my obsessions with LOST and House. (But many of us know better.)
So there, I've gone above and beyond in laying my shame before you. So skip down to my contest and share a little shame. Please. I'm so enjoying this!