Ignorance is No Excuse (A funny Christmas memory)



I didn't know he was so crude, Dad! No, really! I had no idea...

Who has had one of those moments in life that made your face turned red, your jaw drop, and your body cringe, simultaneously?

I have a short Christmas memory story to share with you.

When I was about seventeen, I really wanted Steve Martin's "A Wild and Crazy Guy" album for Christmas. I'd been hearing clips from that stand-up comedy album on the radio for quite a while. I thought it was the most hilarious stuff I'd ever heard! His silly song "King Tut" was very popular at that time too. 

I did indeed received the album on Christmas morning! I was so excited!! After our holiday lunch, I wanted my family to sit down with me to listen to Steve Martin's comic genius. So we all got comfy, Dad, Mom, little brother, and little sister and me. "You guys are gonna love this!" I exclaimed.

Soon after I started the record, my parents giggled a little. My brother too. I think my sister was too young to get it. A little further into the jokes....laughter turned to silence, then confused expressions, then angry faces on my parents! Suddenly, Dad jerked that album off the turntable! Apparently my folks weren't familiar with the wild and crazy comedian. Dad did not appreciate his crude sexual stories and cursing, especially for young children.

I was as shocked as they were! (No, really!) I sheepishly explained that I'd never heard those parts on the radio clips. The DJ had only played the G-rated jokes. My Dad glared at me with a look that said "Yeah, right." He was not amused. 

My siblings didn't know what to think. We were all having a nice Christmas afternoon, and then, unexpectedly "Oh, Di's in big trouble! "

I think my parents did believe my story of innocence and ignorance after the emotions of the moment subsided. Apparently they weren't familiar with the wild and crazy comedian.

That was many years ago, but I would remember if that incident had ruined our whole day...it didn't. Dad and the rest of us got over it pretty quickly.

That distressing moment is now a funny memory that I am so grateful for. Ah, growing up was fun and painful and awkward and wonderful! Thank you family, for making those moments matter to me,  even all these years later.

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