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I’m Sorry I Spilled My Pepsi in Your Mouth

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Oh my goodness, you guys, so I have to tell you this story.

Last month when we went to Omaha for Cooper’s cancer treatment, we decided to make a weekend out of it. So the day after treatment, we took the kids to the Henry Doorly Zoo.

It’s an awesome place, and we’ve visited several times before, but never like this. On that day, we strutted up to the zoo gates with the wind in our hair and a feeling of liberation. We had just realized this would be our first visit to the zoo STROLLER FREE – glorious!

As we walked the winding cement paths, I secretly laughed at those poor suckers who were trying to dodge and weave through the crowd with their big, awkward strollers. Sorry if you are still in this stage, but trust me, you will laugh with triumph when you are on the other side too!

But then the kids got tired. “Can I have a shoulder ride, Mom?”

Sure, why not? Carrying around 50 pounds of extra weight — no big deal!

Have you ever made a huge mistake and then had no idea how to make it right again? This post offers a prayer to help you find peace.

So my husband, Justin, hoisted our 8-year-old, Anthony, onto his shoulders, and I had our 5-year-old, Cooper, on mine as we entered the next exhibit.

Thirsty from being a source of transportation for my child, I carefully balanced Cooper on my shoulders as I unscrewed the lid of my $3 Cherry Pepsi in order to get a quick drink.

At that exact moment, Anthony decided he didn’t want to be on my husband’s shoulders anymore. He swung his leg around to hop down and promptly collided with my hand, sending soda spewing through the air in a gravity-defying arch.

With quick reflexes, my husband bobbled for the bottle like a football player trying to catch a Hail Mary pass. This sent the bottle spinning in a loop de loop pattern, spraying Pepsi everywhere as it went.

But here’s the worst part — oh, this is bad, guys.

Just then some poor, unsuspecting mom was walking toward us. Like a slow motion replay, I watched as every twist of the Pepsi bottle pummeled her coral colored blouse with sticky, brown pop. Then, with one last final spin, Pepsi splashed right into her mouth — HER MOUTH!

It was disgusting. I was mortified on her behalf, and all I could say was, “I’m so sorry! I’m not sick! I’m so sorry!” as she attempted to spit my pop out of her mouth.

“I’m not sick.” — nice one, Jenni. But I didn’t know what else to say as my Pepsi dripped from her face!

I continued to apologize profusely and lamely offered her a wet wipe. I seriously did not know what else to do.

With a dazed look, she shook her head and said they had wipes. Then we parted ways with my embarrassed apologies still hanging in the air.

For the rest of our visit, all I could think about was that poor mom who’d just had my Pepsi spilled in her mouth.

Can we just take a moment to acknowledge how bizarre and disgusting this whole thing is?!

Again and again I went over the interaction in my head. What could I have done differently? How could this have happened? Why did I have to take a drink right at that second?

But there was no denying that it was just a freak accident.

I couldn’t change what happened.

No matter how much I worried about the lady, what was done was done. And since I couldn’t fix things, I settled for asking God to shower her with grace and bless her week. Still, I felt so GUILTY!

My husband finally started to get a little irritated with me when I randomly said (for the thousandth time), “How did that happen!?”

Exasperated, he said, “It’s over! It was an accident, and we can’t do anything about it. What good does it do to dwell on it? Let it go!”

But you get where I’m coming from, don’t you? Have you ever made a mistake and then had no idea how to make it right again? Did you struggle to forgive yourself?

It can be so tormenting. Chances are that lady has forgotten the whole messy situation by now. Hopefully maybe she’s even had a good laugh about it with her friends.

But I still felt guilty for something I had no power to change.

Isn’t life just like that sometimes? We let guilt over past mistakes fester and eat us up inside.

So my prayer for our life is this: God, please give us the grace to forgive ourselves.

And my great hope is that we can find the comfort God offers us through the power of confession and forgiveness.

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28 responses on “I’m Sorry I Spilled My Pepsi in Your Mouth

  1. Mary Dolan Flaherty

    Oh, Jenni I’m sorry, but I found that story hysterical! See, I’ve decided that I’m the funny bone in the Body of Christ, and I tend to try to find the humor in things. If I was the zoo lady, you and I would have had a huge laugh and I would have assured you that it was a freaky accident. I’m sure zoo lady has forgotten or at least forgiven. Chances are, after the fact…when she retold the story and got laughs from her friends, she was able to see the humor in it. “I’m not sick!” I’m still chuckling from that. I would have said the same thing! Visiting from #RaRaLinkup

    1. Genuflected Post author

      I know it’s funny, but oh man in the moment it was so baaaad! I like to think her friends helped her laugh at the situation too. I know my friends sure had a good laugh when I recounted the tale! : )

  2. Rachel

    Nothing like you Pepsi in a stranger’s mouth to make you humbled right?! Oh my what a story… but that’s exactly right, grace to forgive ourselves is so necessary. The next zoo trip will be much better I am SURE 😉 Thanks for sharing, gave me a little smirk this dreary spring morning!

    1. Genuflected Post author

      LOL so true! Definitely humbling. Let me tell you, the next zoo trip will NOT involve Pepsi, just to be on the safe side. : )

  3. Christine Duncan

    So, I chuckled at this… only because crazy things happen at the worst times to me too, I think they do to everyone. But bravo for a) sharing it with us and b) for inspiring us to take every chaotic thing to God and ask Him for that extra dose of grace. Great post, Jenni! 🙂 Blessings for the rest of your week! #RaRaLinkup

    1. Genuflected Post author

      Thanks Christine! I’m sure God gets a good chuckle out of us and our random craziness. At least we can have a good laugh with Him in the end!

  4. Dana

    I love this. Great story! I do the same thing! I worry about how something happened and may have bothered someone else, and I dwell! My mind is so wrapped up in the questions of “what I could have done to avoid said-situation.” Awful.
    You and I could be BFFs, I think! 😉
    Thank you for this great story! And the reminder to forgive ourselves, which is sometimes the hardest to forgive.

    1. Genuflected Post author

      Yes, Dana, it’s easy to get wrapped up in our mind! That’s when we need to break out in song, “Let it go, let it go…” Right?! Thanks for being here with us at Genuflected today!

  5. Gina Duke

    Jenni, I am so glad I am your neighbor at Testimony Tuesday, so that I would have the joy of reading your story. It made me laugh out loud. Forgiving ourselves are so important whether it is over silly freak accidents or serious mistakes. Thanks, Gina

    1. Genuflected Post author

      Oh my gosh, I know it is funny, but so mortifying at the time! LOL Hopefully that poor woman is able to laugh with us now too. You are right though, it’s good to practice forgiving ourselves in the small things so we have an easier time forgiving ourselves when more serious mistakes come about.

  6. Tai East

    Jenni, I had to visit with you just from your title alone! LOL!

    Great story! But, like you, I sometimes have a hard time forgiving myself. It’s actually much easier for me to forgive others than it is for me to truly forgive myself. So, I thank you for sharing this because it was a great reminder for me to bring this issue before THE LORD in prayer. Infinite blessings to you, Love! 🙂

    1. Genuflected Post author

      Yes! I feel the same. Easier to forgive others than myself. But we can get there with a little help from the Lord! In the meantime, apparently He’s providing us with a little comic relief. : )

  7. Danise Jurado

    Hi Jenni!!

    OMGosh!! hilarious and totally embarrassing all at the same time!! Sounds exactly like something that would happen to me… I am the queen of these type of moments…
    I love how you wrote about getting over it later, sometimes we can forgive others and let the things other people do so much faster than we can for ourselves!
    Great prayer… Lord give me grace to forgive myself!
    I pray that often…

    Blessings to you Danise

    1. Genuflected Post author

      Yes, we have a long family history of such ridiculous, random blunders of klutziness. I guess, in the end, it’s good practice for self forgiveness with a side of humor to keep it light! Thanks for being here, Danise. Have a good week!

  8. Anonymous

    Jenni, I’m like Tai above. Just had to read this when I read the title! Oh. My. Gosh. That would totally happen to me. And I would totally berate myself for the rest of the day. Like you did.

    This is such a great illustration and makes it easy to see how we need to let go, accept grace, forgive ourselves, and go on!

  9. Genuflected Post author

    Yes, so true! Accepting grace — who knew how hard that could be? But we can get there with a little help. Thanks for joining us today!

  10. Anita Ojeda

    Oh. my. word! I would have loved to have caught that on video! Your word movie was almost as good, though. I’m a naturally guilty feeling person, so this post hit the right spot (and I’m so glad it wasn’t my mouth nor Pepsi).

    1. Genuflected Post author

      Yes, exactly! My husband has a whole list of social blunders he loves to tease me about. I think I may be missing some sort of social-norm gene or something?! LOL

  11. Create With Joy

    Oh my goodness, Jenni – as mortifying a story as that is to live – it is hysterically funny to read (probably because we are relieved it happened to someone other than ourselves!) Thank you for sharing it and providing us all with some much needed comic relief in our lives!

    On that note – congratulations – I’m thrilled to share that you are our Friend Of The Week AND 6th recipient of the Inspiring Blogger Award over at Friendship Friday at Create With Joy (#169) – even if you are one Pepsi-flinging mama! (Smile)

  12. Anonymous

    Oh, my, what a story! I am actually glad to read this, lol, to know that bizarre things happen to other people (not just me!) and to come to the conclusion that “bizarre things happen to good people” LOL! You had a great take-away though, Jenni! Any opportunity to practice self-forgiveness is a good thing! We women don’t do it often enough. Have a great week!

  13. Kelly Balarie

    You totally have me smiling. I can imagine this moment Jenni. I need these kind of stories because I need grace all the time. Thank you for this. I love it! Cheering you on from the #RaRalinkup on Purposeful Faith.

  14. Penny

    Dear Jenni,

    What a sweet and caring person you are. But don’ worry that lady has probably gotten over it by now and hopefully finding the humor in it like the rest of us.

    Thank-you for sharing this with us and temporarily distracting us.

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