Ever stick your foot in your mouth without really meaning to? It happened to me.
See, my parents are letting go of their house and moving up north. Why? Because the job situation is so bad where they're at that they can't afford to stay. Now, while this stinks, I don't know that I'd call it a fail of epic proportions. Sure, they're getting older, but neither one is anywhere near retirement. They held on as long as they could, but sooner or later the winds of change step in and sweep you along whether you want to go or not.
The fail is, they're upset over losing the house. So what do I do? Make a crack about having the nice big house and hiding from the snow. Doh. Open mouth, insert foot. Will have to send chocolate to say sorry :-p