Me: So, what's your name?
Me: Whoa, whoa...stop...let me guess...Jerome!
Kid: (Giggling) No!
Kid: (Laughing) No!!
Sometimes I will guess twenty to thirty times, and usually it is a great way to show kids and teenagers that the Phillips family is having a great time on deputation. But today it backfired.
I had just met a 12 year old girl named Bailey. Next to her was what appeared to be a 9 year old girl with shoulder-length blonde hair. So, I began the name-guessing game.
Me: "So, what's your name?"
Me: "Wait, wait...let me guess....Meredith!"
Kid: "No....keep guessing."
At about this time, Bailey, the 12-year old girl whom I had just met, and who happened to be the cousin of the kid whose name I was attempting to guess, began whispering something to me with her hand over her mouth. It took me a couple of seconds to realize what she was saying.
"He's a boy, not a girl!"
"Oh," I replied, "okay...well...what's your name, man?" (Emphasis on the "man")
(Interestingly, the boy's name was Haven. Even if I had just asked him his name, I probably would have still thought he was a little girl.)
I tried to think of a smooth way out of the embarrassing situation; but my wits failed me. It was one of those awkward moments in life when there is no escape from looking like a total idiot.
Hopefully this doesn't happen again. :^)