Saturday, March 04, 2017 which I am somewhat embarrassed

A family--husband, wife, and son--that recently moved here from Houston has been coming to church for a while, and I arranged to have lunch with the wife, Sue, on Friday. Her birthday is coming up, and I decided before I left to meet her at the restaurant that I would pay for her meal as a present. I grabbed a bill out of the envelope of cash I had just gotten from the bank to cover day-to-day expenses for the next couple of months, which had eight $20 bills and one $10 bill, and stuck it in my pocket.

I don’t carry a purse around town, so that was all I had.

Sue arrived, and I told her I would pay for our food in honor of her birthday. When the cashier gave us the total ($16 and change), I handed her the bill. And she stood there holding it, looking expectant, and repeated the amount, and I said “I gave you a $20,” and she said, “No, you gave me a $10” and she held it up. Sure enough. I had managed to miss all of the $20 bills in the envelope and instead pulled out $10.

Sue stepped into the breach, whipped out her credit card, and said “and we will put the rest of the cost on this…”

Eventually I knew I needed to shut up and stop apologizing, so I did, and we went on to have a pleasant lunch together.

How embarrassed was I? Had a hole opened in the floor, I would have happily crawled in and pulled the linoleum back down on top.

But I have learned a lesson. The next time I decide to do this, I will actually look at what I have in my hand.


Paula said...

I can understand how you felt, but I'm sure your new found friend understood too. You two will probably laugh about this in the future.

Far Side of Fifty said...

oh that is too bad. I am sure she understood:)

Tatersmama said...

I found your blog through Ladybird World Mother, and I'm so glad that I did! My husband is always reminding me to carry my card - even though I prefer using cash. There have been a few times that I got caught short, whipped out my trusty card... and then realized that I had forgotten the dang pin number. In my opinion, your "experience" is only going to lead to memories that you'll both laugh about together, in the years to come!