I’m standing at a juice dispenser at a hotel getting juice to go with my breakfast. Out of the corner of my eye, I see a female in a similar sweatshirt as my granddaughter step up to the soda fountain. Instantly I say, “No soda.” There is a pause, and I look over. My granddaughter is not the female standing next to my, but a slightly older pregnant lady.
She looks startled and replies, “It’s just water.”
Immediately, I apologize profusely for the mistake and explain to her that my granddaughters were with me, and she looked like one of them at first glance. I wasn’t trying to mind other people’s business, just trying to help my granddaughters make healthy choices. We laughed over the mistake, but I was completely embarrassed. I need to start making sure I know who I am talking to in busy places. I might actually offend someone someday.
Luckily this woman had a good sense of humor. I imagine that she immediately told her family about the incidence. I know I did. I was teased about that for a couple of days. But it was a good laugh.