So maybe you think you already know I can be inappropriate - not on purpose, but sometimes I just don't "get" things or situations and say or do completely inappropriate things without realizing until later (again, my grandmother comes out in me).
Mostly, though, I'm an inappropriate laugher. Pick an example - any example - of a situation where laughing would be wrong. I've laughed. More likely, I've cackled.
Since I can remember, my initial response to uncomfortable situations or conversations has been to laugh uncontrollably. I can't help it, and I certainly can't stop it once it starts.
The first time I remember, third grade when the whole class was in trouble and the teacher was pissed over who-knows-what and I started laughing. Holding my nose, covering my mouth, burying my head in my arms... all masked so we didn't get into more trouble, but it was a long few minutes of painful snort-keeping.
Other examples? My friend told me she thought she was pregnant. We were teenagers. I laughed. Yeppers, I know it wasn't funny, but I couldn't stop laughing and boy was she hurt. How does one go about apologizing for that? Oh, and funerals. I've laughed at funerals, and more than one. No, nothing about them was funny.
Most recently, Monsoon went to have a hearing exam. If you've never been privy to one of these tests, they put some funky-looking head-gear on the poor kid with antennas sticking out of each ear and poor Monsoon was nervous already, trying his hardest to continue sitting on my lap (instead of crawling back up in me) while this nice lady asked him questions and I'm behind him shaking like a roller coaster ride, eventually breaking out with loud obnoxious cackles while the lady on the other side of the table, obviously annoyed, tried to distract my son who is by now feeling extra uncomfortable and self-conscious (well I'm laughing at him, aren't I?) and finally she suggests my husband's lap take over. As we switch, the look I got from dear Hubs was one of utter disgust as he whispered, "What is wrong with you?" I laughed so hard I cried.
What's your reaction to uncomfortable situations?
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