We’ve all done it, making innocuous statements that are perfectly fine, but badly timed. I usually manage to come out with appallingly timed wisecracks just as someone reveals a tragic additional piece of information about a situation for example.
Sometimes what we say is perfectly valid in context and timing, and yet is enough to bring tears of laughter. Today’s example came as we were settling down to sleep this evening, and I remarked how it was warmer tonight.
“Well yes,” she said, “it was late and the temperatures plummeted last night. It was the coldest night of the year.”
“What’s today’s date?”
“I… Uh… What..? Oh, well… I suppose that wasn’t difficult!” She began to laugh.
“It was definitely the coldest night of the year, given it was the first night of the year.”
“Bugger off, you know what I meant! Coldest night of the Winter then.”
“Has that started yet, do you think?”
“Are you really lining up a ‘Winter Is Coming’ reference?” I may have nodded in reply.
“I’m so writing this up.”
“Don’t you dare! They’ve all started reading this blog – well, a couple of them anyway.”
“It won’t be any worse than what they hear from you in the office on a daily basis.”
So the challenge I guess, is now to see who the first person who works with Lady M will be to break cover on Monday and ask her if Friday was the coldest night of the year so far.
Even if this Sunday is colder, it’ll be worth it, but you may have to buy her a fresh coffee to make it up to her. Drop me a note and let me know if you did…