This is a sentence I can often be heard to utter, usually when I have done something silly and/or careless. I have been forced to admit that – as I am to be found uttering it so often – it may in fact not be true after all.
When I left a bag of presents on a train at Reading station: ‘but that’s SO unlike me – I’m always so careful with my things!’ I cried as the train pulled away, possibly stamping my foot.
When my handbag was stolen in my favourite bar, in a bizarre combination of mugging/distraction/weirdness: ‘but that’s SO unlike me – I never let my bag out of my sight!’.
Whenever I have a dreadful hangover: ‘but that’s SO unlike me – I hardly ever drink too much these days!’. Ahem.
I caught myself saying it at Istanbul airport, juggling bags, passport and tickets and trying to find the cash for my visa – a circus of disorganisation and dropping things all over the place. Then, halfway through, I twigged and burst out laughing.
I am disaorganised, messy and frequently drunk. These are not good traits but they are very, very like me. If you catch me saying otherwise, you have my permission to slap me.