dear darla.

You might already know how embarrassing I can be.  My husband, Drew, and I are astounded at the new levels of awkward I somehow attain with age. Although I’m trying to become more comfortable with my dork self, I grimace when I have my moments in front of Drew because he ever so kindly weaves those memories into our eternal family history.

With that said, I thought I should tell you about a recent incident before Drew does.

Drew and I sometimes help out in the church nursery alongside a sweet, salt-of-the-earth angel-woman.

We had volunteered with this angel-woman a couple different times–and on this particular evening, I arrived at the nursery before Drew.  We exchanged pleasantries, and I asked about her day.  She reported a terrible migraine she could not shake, but the angel-woman was pushing through the pain to help in the nursery.

So when Drew arrived, I let him know that sweet Karla was fighting a terrible migraine.

If you’ve spent much time with me, you know I’m animated, I talk with my hands, and I specifically and repeatedly use your name because that’s how I relate.

Throughout the night, I frequently asked Karla how she was doing and naturally reported to Drew that Karla was not feeling well.

I used Karla’s name a lot. Quite a lot, actually.  Deliberately, too. I thought I was showing empathy.  I felt like we were connecting.

About an hour-and-a-half into the night, Drew, Karla and I are sitting together, watching the children.  After I referred to Karla by name, Drew leans toward me and says he has an email he’d like me to read. He opens a blank email on his phone and types, “Her name is Darla.”

Crickets.

Drew is very matter-of-fact. He never misses a detail. Drew knew Karla’s name was Darla all along.

Drew is also very ornery.

More than once during a heated argument, he has intentionally waited until the argument is finished to tell me I have something large lodged between my front teeth. And he’ll often nonchalantly relay this type of information: “By the way, you’ve had something in your front teeth for an hour.”

Mean.

But I rarely maintain enough composure to be mad because I’m usually laughing uncontrollably at his delivery. And truthfully, I so often have food in my teeth that I can’t expect him to tell me every time.

It was like that on this particular night with Darla.

After I gathered myself, I used the correct name–Darla–repeatedly and often, although everybody in the room knew that ship had sailed.

It’s also rather unfortunate that we each wear nametags every time.

The next time I saw Darla, I confessed. Like the angel-woman I know her to be, she claimed she didn’t even notice and was nothing but gracious.

Dear Darla, if you’re reading this, I’m sorry again about Karla.

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