Maybe it was two years ago, but it may also have happened last summer. Ever since it happened, though, it’s been weighing on my mind. Now I need the truth to come out so that, hopefully, I can have some sore of forgiveness of sin.
It happened before or after a Sketch22 show, I don’t remember. Some of the cast and crew were sitting around the theatre, talking. Lorrie J, our marvelous front of house volunteer, was wearing a T-Shirt that said “Cougar In Training”. At that time, I didn’t know what a cougar was, at least in reference to the quote. I assumed it meant a hottie or some other such-implied definition.
So, in trying to be honest, and complimentary, I said, sincerely, to Lorrie “As far as I’m concerned, you already are a cougar” or something similar.
She had an oh-so-ever-slight moment of pause, and then responded in some sort of non-committal way. Then the conversation went elsewhere. Only afterwards did I learn what a cougar is, and how, basically, I was telling her that I thought she was middle-aged. I was telling her she was old.
I felt bad about that.
So, if any harm.. any emotional distress was caused by this, I sincerely apologize.