But, now two people have said so, so maybe it’s true… here’ a funny one for you!
About 6 years ago, I went to one of Terrence’s gigs at Starbucks in Alameda (yep, he made the coffee shop circuit!). When I was in the store browsing all the cool mugs, a guy, about 30 or so, came up to me and tried picking up on me. Now, I don’t say this because I particularly want you to know this, but it lends to the story and ultimately my rationalizing the situation.
After politely turning him down and telling him I had a boyfriend, Terrence walked up to see what was going on. When Terrence started talking me to me, the guy asked, “Is he your son?”. My first reaction was to laugh, and then to be shocked, and then I got angry because I know I’m not THAT much older than T. [To set the record straight, I am four years and four months older than Terrence — Demi and Ashton have a few years on us:)]. I ended up rationalizing (with T’s help) that the guy was a) pissed off that I turned him down, b) drunk, c) crazy.
I usually don’t think too much of it anymore, except when I want to tell a funny story every now and then.
But then, tonight, it all came back to me…
We were at an event and I was selling CD’s for Terrence. As we were leaving an older woman came up to Terrence and asked if we were still selling CD’s. He told her ‘yes’ and I started to get the CD’s out of the packed bag. As he turned toward me, he told her, “Catherine will get the CD’s for you”. She then turned to me and said, “Who are you? Are you his mother?”
I just stood there with my mouth open looking at her, then said, “Excuse me?”. Then, she asked me again, “Are you his mother?”. And when I didn’t answer (I guess I was in shock), Terrence said, “No, she’s my wife.” And she said, “Oh, you’re married? (her pale face becoming even more white) I’m so sorry… I’m so embarassed, I’m so sorry”.
I experienced the same emotions I felt the first time this happened… maybe even with more intensity as my emotions have been on a rollcoaster as of late (chalk it up to lack of sleep, feeling overwhelmed with obligations, and the desire to take a month off from everything and just relaxing!).
Really, do I look like a 50 something African American woman???
How do I rationalize this one? I mean, the woman wasn’t old enough to be senile… she was older, but not OLD! There was plenty of free alcohol at the event, but she didn’t seem drunk. And, she definitely didn’t seem crazy, I mean, she was smart enough to want to buy a CD… so, how do I rationalize this?
I’m willingly accepting any theories you may have… send them to me!