Center of Attention

December 7th, 2010

Center of Attention - *AFP Hall Of Fame*

“It was just after my fourth birthday when my mom and dad decided it would be fun to take my older sister Lauren and I on a vacation to a ski resort in Michigan. The trip would have been a good chance for some family bonding, but since I was too young to be in their ski group, I got sent to the “ski babies” club.


When my mom came to pick me up at the end of the day, she saw that I had been put underneath a table with a homemade sign that read “timeout”. She was then informed that I wasn’t welcome to come back the next day because I had used “extremely inappropriate language”.


Frustrated, she took me back to the cabin where we were staying and left me to play a board game with my sister, while she tried to figure out what on earth she was going to do with me for the duration of our stay. We had been playing Hi-Ho! Cherry-O for a while, and I really had to pee. Really, really had to pee. Lauren kept daring me to leave, but I knew her ways. She was a sneaky cheater when it came to these games. Given my competitive nature, there was no way I was going to let that happen. I figured I would just wait it out, but it was getting pretty difficult. I had a feeling that if I went pee right there, there was a chance nobody would even notice. So I took my chances and peed in my pants. As I finished going, my mom called my sister and I into the other room so that we could take a photo. When she saw what had happened, she was so fed up with me she made the decision to take the photo anyway. When we returned from our vacation she sent out the picture for a Happy New Years card to family and friends. To this day when I am reintroduced to old family friends, they say, ‘You don’t remember me, but I’ll never forget that picture of you peeing your pants!’”

(submitted by Alex)

7 Responses to “Center of Attention”

  1. Tabatha says:

    The mom in this picture looks so much like Claire Underwood on House of Cards, same haircut and everything!

  2. Pat says:

    So. . . How’s your relationship with your mother? You wouldn’t by any chance happen to have trust issues, would you? Poor kid.

  3. isa says:

    what did you say to get kicked out of the ski school?

  4. Marlene says:

    Thank you Paige for sharing this with us…. good for you for trying to cheer yourself up with ths wonderful ASP book (which I also own), I’m not surprised that worked like a charm!!! Glad you shed tears of laughter, and not of pain..

    All my best wishes are being sent your way…. may each day be filled with laughter and love..

    Bless you
    oxox Marlene

  5. Paige says:

    This photo helped me get through the first post divorce Christmas my children spent with my ex-husband. I had received the AFP book from by brother for Christmas and after the kids left, I decided I would read it instead of crying like I really wanted to. When I saw this picture and read the story, I literally had to put the book down to wipe the tears from my eyes. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing this! Instead of tears of sadness for the first holiday away from my kids, I cried tears of laughter!

  6. Michele says:

    Oh man! That brown shaggy carpet that is apparently all over the place is totally awkward.

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