07 Sep Please tell me that I didn’t forget my bra. Really, Annie?
Please tell me that I didn’t forget my bra. Really, Annie? Packing fast is never a good idea when running out of the house in athletic clothes.
“Be creative Annie,” I thought. “Think out of the box because a sports bra is not going to go with this white dress. It’s already 7 o’clock and Curry is waiting for you downstairs at the restaurant.”
I’ll call the concierge. Brilliant.
“Hello, this is Cameron. How can I be of assistance?”
Ugh. I got a man on the line. It’s BOY Cameron. Not GIRL Cameron. Trying to sound somewhat appropriate I said, “Ummm, Hi. Does the JW Marriott carry any lingerie?
No. The answer was simply, no.
Not so brilliant.
I found myself downstairs eating sushi with Curry and tugging on my straps so they wouldn’t show. I knew I was feeling desperate when I actually contemplated approaching the table next to me of two women with four little boys. Can you imagine the approach? Hello! I’m Annie. I’m about to go to an event in downtown Orlando, and well, I forgot my bra. All I have is a sports bra and, can I borrow one of yours?
It was then that God saved me from utter embarrassment and sent an angel to our table.
“How was your meal?” Karri said. “Is there anything I can help you with?”
Yes! There actually is!
Without hesitation she said, “I’ll be right back. I’ve got an idea!”
Minutes later, my new best friend had three pictures on her cell phone with all my options from the store in the hotel. (Boy Cameron did not tell me about this.)
1. A less than supportive sports bra
2. A more then less supportive Bando
3. A bikini top
My unexpected predicament was looking positive. I took option number one, made a strapless version, and prayed the venue would be dark. Voila!
Lessons learned. Never pack in a hurry and trust that even when you do, God will lead you to amazing women like Karri! Her non judgmental, three-option attitude made my night. She thought out of the box, stepped up to the plate, and did what she could with a smile on her face. I love that! Power to the sisterhood.
And because of sweet Karri, my packing hiccup became, once again, an opportunity to trust that God will always provide my needs.
Later that night, I looked up Karri on Instagram and her description was “hospitality professional.” I don’t think I could have chosen a better description. Today, I want to be a hospitality professional. I want to be available to help others in need with a contagious smile and an overflowing heart filled creative options and love. Prayerfully, I won’t experience the ‘ole “I forgot my bra routine,” but if I do, I’ll know just who to look for.
“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” (James 4:10)