Always more embarrassing for a women. I don’t care how dressed up you were the night before, even stumbling home in the morning fog wearing a disheveled tux with stubble is more distinguished than stumbling home in heels with a wrinkled dress and your hair only slightly reminiscent of its previous night’s splendor. And most times, let’s figure the couple in question was at a bar, the guy is wearing something he could arguably wear in the morning … while the girl is in something that is clearly evening attire. Eyeliner, mascara … it can get ridiculously messy. We women give away WAY more when trying to ease our way home the next morning whether or not you snuggled, snogged, or slept with the person you spent the night with, it is assumed you spent the night grappling with the double backed beast when caught slinking home.
In college, these walks were more prevalent for most people. Myself, I was saying my prayers at nine thirty and in bed by ten with all my homework done, but some of those ruffians I hung around with would come home the next morning.
One made it home in a shower curtain liner after leaving his fair lass’s room to use the lavatory and not remembering which room he had left once he exited the bathroom. This necessitated some quick thinking.
One friend never found her other shoe despite panicked rummaging and her prince never sought her out.
Another was relieving himself of last night’s ingestion in a bush on his way back to his room while a prospective student tour happened upon him.
In hind sight, I wish I had planted myself somewhere on a Sunday morning where I could have taken in some of the walks of shame. I’m a little bummed when I think of the people watching I missed out on that would have been so easy to witness. Head down, eyes focused on the sidewalk, pace quickened…heels clicking.
And therein lies the fun. Not getting caught. There’s something victorious about making it back to your room without getting seen. Not that you won’t laugh about the story with friends or brag to your buddies, but there is some key part in getting back to your room before someone sees you.
As an adult, it gets less exciting, a little more pathetic. Getting spotted driving home early, your car seen in someone’s driveway, your parent’s drinking coffee at the breakfast table while you’re sneaking in the back door. And no, that never happened to me.
But one time, having thought I snuck in unnoticed at an ungodly hour, I went to join my father for breakfast after grabbing a few hours of sleep. He put the paper down as I sat to eat and said, “You looked really beautiful last night.” Thinking this was one of those touching father-daughter moments that Hallmark attempts to construct, I thanked him. Then he picked the paper back up and as he cracked it to make sure it wasn’t folding over and hampering his reading, he followed with, “Maybe that’s why you didn’t come home last night.”