DEAR ABBY: The other day in one of my classes, our teacher was discussing a rather delicate subject, and we were all laughing. I really needed to pass gas, but was trying to hold it in.
Well, our teacher made a comment that sent me over the edge, and I let out a long, loud fart. Everyone in the class heard it.
I know I shouldn't be so thin-skinned, but the comments the other students made were extremely hurtful and embarrassing, and I wanted to curl up and die. I'm capable of laughing at myself, but the comments my classmates made were not the kind that I could easily laugh along with.
Please, Abby, how do you deal with a situation like this? -- FRAGRANT FLOWER IN KANSAS
DEAR FRAGRANT FLOWER: What happened to you has happened to everyone at one time or another. The way it's usually handled is by trying to ignore it, or by pointing to someone else and asking, "Did YOU expel gas?" However, since you were caught dead to rights and there was no escaping it, my advice is to just let the episode blow over.