Have you ever had that worry that you were going to go up to a complete stranger and greet them by name before realizing you only know them from Facebook?
Or how about that you might take it a step further and say something where they KNOW you’ve been stalking them on Facebook and not just wondering if you’re someone they know and whose name they forgot?
Well, I took the awkwardness a step further.
I have some friends (a couple), Kristen and Davey, in Seattle, and I don’t know a single person who they are friends with out there.
But I do know their sister/sister-in-law. Her name is Laura, and we used to cheer together. And she is also pregnant with her first child, a little girl.
The other day, Kristen popped up on my homepage because Laura had tagged a gift from her in a nursery picture. In the picture, I noticed that there was a baby lying on a rug beside the crib.
An adorable baby that was a few months old. But I knew that Laura hadn’t had her baby yet, so it completely caught me off guard at first. Then, in teasing, I said, “Wow it comes with a baby? lol ;)”
And that was that. I moved on in my newsfeed, and I totally forgot about it. Until a day later.
I got an email on my phone telling me someone else had also commented on the photo. I didn’t know the commenter, which is no big surprise, but then I realized I didn’t know the person whose photo the comment was on either.
Why would I have commented on a photo for a person I don’t know at all??
So I opened it back up.
Laurie. Not Laura.
Oh No. I hadn’t even looked at the last names. This was a friend of theirs in Seattle.
And as for the big “ANNIE” on the wall, as far as I knew, Laura and her husband had not picked out a name for their little girl yet, so when I saw “Annie” I just guessed that’s the name they’d gone with.
So here I was, some total stranger to this Laurie, friend of a friend, and I had commented on a photo of her nursery and her baby.
And what I’d said made absolutely no sense. I’m sure that is her precious baby or a baby of a friend or family member, and I’m just the freak stranger who made a joke at said baby’s expense.
Oh my gosh.
I jumped up from the couch with my phone and RAN to my computer to delete my comment. Tom asked what was going on, and I told him.
I was mortified, but at the same time, I was so shocked at what I had done that we started laughing. And we couldn’t stop. I laughed until I almost peed my pants and had to run for the bathroom.
This girl was probably trying to figure out who this random person was commenting on her baby, and I was in total oblivion thinking I had made a harmless joke to a friend.
I think I won the Facebook Faux Pas Award for the week.