This past week I had a guest speaker attend one of my classes and something happened. I don’t know if this is just something that happens to me or what the deal is, but I have this really bad habit of laughing at the worst possible times. It is so embarrassing and no matter how hard I try, it is impossible to control. I like to call it, “The Inappropriate Giggles.”
This is the scenario. I am sitting in the room for my management class and our guest speaker, who is not only a retired employee from a major corporation, but was also on the board of trustees for the previous dean of my college, was giving us a lecture. So he is pretty important and had a lot of really amazing things to say. He was in the middle of giving a really impressive speech about equal rights in the workplace and how things have come leaps and bounds since he started working but still have a long way to go. It honestly was a riveting lecture and he had the right amount of sarcasm and seriousness to keep me interested. About three quarters of the way through class, I made the ultimate mistake. I looked down at my phone.
Obviously since I was in class it had been on silent. When I glanced, I noticed that I had a text message from one of my best friends, who happens to be one of the most unintentionally funny people that I know. Thinking that maybe she was just sending me info about her flight because I am picking her up from the airport this week as she returns home for Thanksgiving break, I thought it was a pretty safe thing to check out. I was wrong. The text message read something so simple and so stupid that I started laughing out loud. Uncontrollably. I had a fit of the inappropriate giggles so badly that I had to pretend to cough like I was just having a cough attack. I couldn’t stop laughing and the more I thought about the text, the harder I would laugh. People around me started to notice and it just got worse. Thankfully it went unnoticed by the guest speaker, but if he had seen me, I would have felt like such an ass*ole. He had just got to the part about back in the day when he had to lay off a friend of his as requested by his boss and how it was a terrible thing that haunts him to this day and here I am, cracking up in the back row.
The Inappropriate Giggles are a plague that can’t be stopped. No matter the situation they will find you and they will make you look either like an ass*ole, stupid or just down right crazy to the people around you. But I say, to hell with the bystanders. Life’s too short to not laugh at what you find funny, no matter how inappropriate it is.