Did you ever have something you thought was really cool: something that just made you the best dressed guy in the room, the coolest dude in town, or the luckiest man alive? Did that feeling ever get busted like a balloon by just one simple off the cuff comment?
One Christmas years ago, my wife bought me a green big puffy winter coat which was knee length. I also received a pair of green ski gloves, and a green corduroy cap, the kind with the really short brim. I loved this outfit. It was incredibly warm, and color matched.
That Christmas day we went to a friend’s house for a holiday dinner. It was a cold December night. I thought I was the coolest, hippest, and best dressed for winter man in town. We arrived at our friend’s house, paid the usual Christmas greetings, and I went to hang my outfit in the closet.
“Nice outfit” I was told. “You must be really warm in that.”
“Oh it is warm.” I responded proudly, “This is my new Christmas outfit.”
That is when my fourteen year old son, Mike, spoke up. “Gee Dad; you look like Gumby in that outfit!”
I laughed, everybody laughed. Everybody laughed very hard and very long.
I never wore the hat, coat or gloves again.