30 Days of Song: Day 23

2011/03/24

Day 23-a song that reminds you of an embarrassing event

Remember when I said I felt like the coolest guy in the world during my senior prom — and that the feeling wouldn’t last? Well, here we go.

My date was taller than me. That’s not the embarrassment, though. When you’re just 5’6 (and I only grew one more inch or so by full adulthood), you learn to deal with tallish women (especially when she’s this cute), the way you also learn to deal with having an unusual name.

Both she and I have unusual first names, and at our prom, the seniors would do the senior walk, in which each couple would be announced and walk arm-in-arm before the assembled crowd.

I would swear I properly and simply and phonetically wrote both our names on the card for our mostly-white classmates to read off. And, so much the better, that a black classmate was actually reading the card.

She still somehow managed to mangle both our names in exactly the way we were trying to avoid.

I think this was the song playing…

…but I really don’t remember at all. I was too busy being mortified at being called “Carrie.”
It’s KAH-REE.

Equal emphasis on both syllables. Though I’ve learned to deal with mispronounciations anyway.

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