There are some situations that are so deeply, unbearably awkward that all you can do is breathe through it, and look back and laugh years later.
Some awkward moments show up as bizarre happenstances that affect everyone in the room, while others are created by rude, oblivious, or petty people. The most awkward of moments are etched in our brains forever, with all of the tension and embarrassment fresh for the reliving.
I dated a girl for 3 years in college and lived with her for two of those years. Her father had never liked me and never really talked to me. I was a year older and after graduating stayed behind a year to live with her while we figured out our future.
The week of her college graduation her extended family was in town to celebrate. They had two fancy dinner reservations two nights in a row. Work prevented me from going the first night, which I was invited to, and the second night I hadn't been invited. My gf called her aunt who had made the reservations and was told it was an oversight and of course I could come. The night of the dinner my GF's mom and dad show up to pick her up and I walk out with her and we get in the car. Her parents were obviously whispering very quickly with each other as I walk to the car, then say uh...so you're coming?? we only had reservations for a set number. My GF explains how the aunt added one to the reservation and we get in the car and start driving.