Once upon a time (and by once upon a time, I mean this past November) I went on a cruise with my kids and about 200 family members.
Okay, 20 family members, but sometimes it seemed like more.
On one of the last nights of the trip, my girls and I decided to go, just the three of us, to one of the boat's sit-down restaurants.
By the way, that thing about putting on 15 lbs on a cruise? Totally not a myth. There's like, never-ending buffets. Constant eating. The only thing that ensured that my pants still fit at the end of the trip was walking my ass roughly 5000 km back and forth across the boat over the course of the week trying to meet up and keep up with our ridiculously large group.
But I digress.
We went to the restaurant where we were waited on by a lovely, genial man who had the misfortune of being saddled with a trio of hyperactive doofuses who should probably never be allowed in public ever (that'd be us).
A lovely, genial waiter who stabbed me with a steak knife.
As he was clearing away our plates, one of the knifes was sitting precariously on the edge of a plate and brushed my arm in passing, serrated side out.
The waiter hurriedly brushed my arm and apologized.
My oldest, misinterpreting the gesture leaned over and whispered "Mom, was he making a pass at you??"
"No!" I whispered back, checking my upper arm for signs of blood. "He got me. With the knife."
The both blinked at me.
"The waiting friggin' stabbed me with the steak knife!"
This sent the girls, who had been laughing like hyenas throughout our meal (Not gonna lie, I was feeling pretty punchy myself) into renewed fits of hysterics, because having your mother get stabbed by a steak knife is fucking hilarious.
When he came back to the table he was much more quiet and subdued. I, for some reason attributed it to the fact that we were being so loud and boisterous, and for a moment felt bad that he probably thought we were laughing at him.
In retrospect, he was probably feeling really shitty about stabbing me. Also, probably worried, since that's the kind of thing I guess usually gets waiters fired.
All in all, it wasn't that bad, since I wasn't bleeding or anything.
Since we weren't carrying much cash, since most gratuities and costs were covered or billed to the room, I felt bad I couldn't tip him, thinking, again that we were terrible patrons laughing at this poor dude who was trying to do his job.
But then again, he did stab me, with a steak knife. So, maybe I don't feel so bad, after all.