A week ago, I mentioned to my neighbor that a gentleman friend and I had been watching Hardcore Pawn. Today, I told her that we would likely watch it again. Both times my neighbor had an unusual reaction that I did not understand. Today, I explained that this show was set in Detroit and that the shop is not far from where we live.
As I was giving my explanation, the neighbor explained, “You said Hardcore PAWN–now I know what you mean.” Initially, I was baffled by her comment and then realized that she thought I had said that my gentleman friend and I were watching Hardcore Porn.
After we stopped laughing, I considered how well my neighbor exhibited grace under pressure; something that I fear is becoming a lost art. Ever were it true that my gentleman friend and I were watching porn together, to tell my neighbor would be terribly inappropriate.
I am glad that we have established that I do not spend my evening entertaining my guests with porn. Yet, I am equally grateful that my neighbor did not scream or berate me; she continued to exhibit exquisite charm.
Misunderstandings can be amusing as long as we have enough charm not to jump to conclusions or to react badly. Sometimes, an overreaction to a misunderstanding can be worse than the original faux pas.