Venturing from one's home out into the world, unless you live in a tiny town, or off the grid (lucky!), usually leads to an interaction of some kind with a stranger. 99% of these interactions are benign and forgettable. But every so often, wires get crossed, doors get opened without knocking, or something else goes wrong and suddenly you're plunged into a pit of awkwardness and shame that might take days or years to forget.
They're cringey. They're horrifying. And they're hilarious—but only because they didn't happen to us.
1.) From milenine:
Was adopted at birth. Learned who my birth family was in early 30s. Had met a sister but nobody else yet. Sister tells me grandpa is being taken off life support (cancer) and want to talk to me before he dies. Travel to hospital several hours away. Meet mom in hospital lobby for the first time ever. Go to grandpa’s room where all of his, and my, family are. They are all there to say their goodbyes. Probably only 5% of them knew of my existence. Suddenly all the attention is on me, the stranger. The have me kneel by his side and he apologizes through tears for pressuring my mom, that I just met, to give me away for adoption. People looked pretty shocked including me. The experience was a thousand emotions and awkward was in there somewhere.