Writing Prompt: Embarrassing Moments

By Dalia Martinez

No! I can’t! It’s too embarrassing. You’ll never see me in the same light. What? You really want to know? For the sake of this blog (and for your eyes ONLY) I’ll tell you about one of the most embarrassing moments ever.

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Writing Prompt: 

They happen at the worst times- embarrassing moments. They could involve bodily functions, a loss of equilibrium, wardrobe malfunctions. . . Marilyn visited her family this past weekend in Chicago, so this prompt is inspired by her visit (as family can often create many embarrassing moments). 
Make a list of 3 embarassing moments you’ve experienced (either with your family or alone). Pick one. Add a sensory detail to it (smell, taste, sound, touch). Now write about that embarrassing moment for 10 minutes, making sure to include that sensory detail. Then, post your results in the comments of this blog!

And now it’s time for me to share my embarrassing moment. So here it is. I got trapped inside a bathroom at a wedding. It was the only bathroom at an intimate ceremony held at an apartment in Los Angeles. Fearing the embarrassing moment of being caught on the toilet by a stranger I made sure the door was locked. Really locked. I turned the 1940s bolt till it couldn’t turn anymore. My skin stung from pushing through the layers of paint turning the circular button. Safe and secure I peed, washed my hands, touched up on the mirror. I turned the same bolt in the opposite direction, but it wouldn’t budge! I took a towel to grip it. Nothing. I tried my dress. Nothing.

By now, people were pounding on the door.” Hurry up!” I was too embarrassed to fess up to locking myself in. A child’s voice screamed to his mother, “I have to pee!” I sweated like a freight train was coming towards me. The bride’s voice crept from the other side of the door. The reception had halted. People asked what was going on. I gripped that bolt every which way I could. In the end, I punched out the screen and got out through window. The darn bolt just didn’t move.

Write about an embarrassing moment for 10 minutes. Then, post your story below and you could win a free writing class!
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