My Most Recent Awkward Moment

Inspired by Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop.

3).  An awkward moment.

My husband and I call our awkward moments “Larry David Moments”.  Larry David is the billionaire who along with Jerry Seinfeld created Seinfeld (“George” was modeled after him). He also created and is currently starring in my favorite show of all time, Curb Your Enthusiasm.  We get free HBO and have seen them all, and you can always rent them at your local library.  Larry David plays Larry David, the rest of the people around him are actors and Larry is not a particularly likable fellow.  And he is always getting into awkward situations, and when Grant and I get into them ourselves we say, “I had a “Larry David” moment.

So here is my most recent Larry David moment.

I was at a birthday party for one of Tyler’s friends and started talking to one of the other moms.  I didn’t know her, but her daughters had gone to Tyler’s school, but she had decided to take them out. We had maybe a month in common together of one of her daughters and my son being in the school and they would have been in the same class.  “Where does “Rachel” go now?” I asked, as her other daughter was older than Tyler and I wanted to know if she had had any problem with the school.

“Oh, no, no problems, my mother just teaches at Solomon Schechter Day School and I wanted her to be with her.”  “Oh, my mother also taught at a day care but she lived too far away for me to put Tyler in”, I replied. If you care not to click on the Solomon Schechter link and do not know, this is a Jewish day school that identifies itself with Conservative Judaism.  I would probably not send my child there as we are Christians and that would be a bit confusing to Tyler.

Now something else you must know about my husband and I is that, although we both come from a Jewish ethnic background, neither of us follow the Jewish religion.  I was raised Christian and Grant is an Agnostic.  But, we certainly do not hide the fact that we do have a large part of our family who does follow Judaism and we do attend some Jewish holidays.  It was very interesting way to have grown up for me!  Because of our ties to Judaism, we identify with Jews…like Larry David in fact, and we make jokes about our Jewish background.  Not bad ones, just ones that I think would make other Jewish people laugh.

But when one looks at me or even Grant you certainly do not think, “Jew”, and that can work for or against us, depending upon the situation.

So when this woman told me her own mother was working at the day school, I assumed that she was Jewish.  No big deal, I am not prejudiced, because I AM racially, ethnically Jewish, at least part of me is, you follow?

It turned out that Tyler and Rachel had a little romance at the party and did not want to leave each other so at the end of the party the only people left were the parents of the birthday boy, close family like the grandparents, Rachel’s mother, and I.  We all sat talking and I heard Rachel’s mother mention camp.  “You camp?” I asked.  “Oh, no I was talking about sleep-away camp.”  “Oh yeah”, I said, “Because my husband always says that Jews don’t camp.”

“HOW DID YOU KNOW I WAS JEWISH?”, she hissed.  Her fingers flew to her throat, searching for the Jewish star that she was not wearing.  “I-I-you-you-said that-“ I was so embarrassed and stammering! “Oh, yes.  I told you my daughter was going to Solomon Schechter.  Of course you would know that I am Jewish.  I am sorry.”

And then I felt the need to tell her about how my husband and I both have Jewish ethnic backgrounds and went on and on, to convince her I was not anti-semetic.

And a few minutes later, we pulled our little Romeo and Juliet apart and left the party, most likely never to see one another again.

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About mamasick

Emily Cullen is a pen-name. I suffer from chronic illnesses and diseases which include Bipolar Disorder, Asthma, Diabetes and Fibromyalgia. I had battled Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis but there is no longer evidence of me having these diseases and my Rheumatologist has declared them to be "burnt out" of my system. I am separated from my husband, “Grant”. Our son, “Tyler” was born in September of 2006 and suffers from tics and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and is delayed in fine and gross motor skills. In my blog I seek to let sick moms know that they are not the only ones going through this, and to educate people about what can happens when one becomes catastrophically ill. I also strive to break down stereotypes of what a “Welfare Mom” is like. Anything that I have gone through due to being sick, is written on the pages of Mama Sick.
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7 Responses to My Most Recent Awkward Moment

  1. OMG, I can totally see myself doing something like this. How funny!

  2. Awkward!

    My daughter used to date a nice, Jewish boy who himself said that he was cheap. He then said, “Just because it’s a stereotype, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not true”.

    I guess I should have asked him about camping when I had the chance.
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  3. Jennie says:

    Oh, my gosh, I would so do something like this. I’m always putting myself in awkward situations. That’s why I blog instead of have a read social life (kidding).

    And I love Larry David!!
    Jennie´s last blog post ..Defy Gravity

  4. Dave Z. says:

    Looking at me, one might very well mistake me for Jewish, and often my clients, especially my little-old-lady Jewish clients do – After all, I have a Russian last name, a full beard (which used to be quite red when I was younger), almost always wear some sort of hat or head covering, and a first name that is from Hebrew as well – Imagine when I’m asked about something to do with the Jewish religion or background – I can’t answer it, I was brought up Catholic, and am currently, if anything, a Quaker! Goes to show you that you can’t always tell a book by its (head) cover!

  5. SUPAHMAMA says:

    That is too fabulous. SHE’S the one who had the awkward moment, poor BOTH of you!
    SUPAHMAMA´s last blog post ..Day 17. Bokeh.

  6. meg says:

    We have a Jewish last name and we are always getting calls from Synagogues asking us to “Come back” I never answer the phone but one day I really wish I had some snappy greeting that would make them re-think calling us.

  7. Nancy says:

    When I moved into my dorm freshman year I transferred after my first semester. So it was January and my brother and my mom were helping me move in. The college I went to had a large number of Jewish student but was slowly adding more and more students who weren’t. I introduced my roommate to my brother, Arnold Ross, who has a shall we say ‘prominent nose’–she assumed from his name we were Jewish and said ‘At least you’re not another one of those ‘g–darned’ (well fill in the blanks) Catholics.’ (which we of course were LOL) While my brother thought it was funny (and I do now), it did not endear her to me and we didn’t room together the following year. But it just goes to show, we all make generalizations–I try to at least keep them to myself lol, but sometimes it just slips out! But I have to say I’ve never put my foot into it to the extent my college roomate did!
    Nancy´s last blog post ..Becoming Your Dream

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