The Role Model

June 21st, 2009

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“I was a year old here. My dad started me on the smokes the following year.”

(submitted by Gina)

159 Responses to “The Role Model”

  1. Pascale says:

    The beer obviously helped your hair to grow.

  2. Cathy says:

    I remember my dad drinking ‘tall boys’ of Schlitz and sitting on his lap asking for a sip! It was probably around this same time period–early 70’s. Good times:) Thanks for sharing!!

  3. no-brainer says:

    Those were awesowme days

  4. Nicole Wasson says:

    Love it! This reminds me of my grandpa! I was born in the 70s, good times. I have a pic of my mom, up at our family cottage, about 4 days after her due date for me, coming out of the outhouse with a smoke hanging out of her mouth. I am perfectly healthy! Relax everyone.

  5. Marisol says:

    I love how there aren’t so many negative comments on this picture! Probably because most of us has one….or a few. The only thing I hate is the cigarette. My dad didn’t smoke unless he was out with the horses alone or in Mexico with his friends. Other than that, tall can in a paper bag, here we come!! Needless to say, my 2 sisters and I are NOT alcoholics and we aren’t mite than the occasional, social smoke.

  6. Tracy says:

    I thought this was so funny because I have a dozen pictures like this of me and my father, or sometimes with just me and the beer. haha.

    • kristenevol says:

      ME TOO! Heh heh…this is from the right time frame too, from when I grew up, so I really could be me and my dad.

  7. mary says:

    Finish your beer or you won’t get your cigarette…

  8. Lisa says:

    It’s empty, Daddy.
    Go get another one!

  9. Taryn says:

    My mom has pictures of her best friend’s daughter with a beer can in her walker. Remember those, another thing that has gone away. They do however still make them, they are so filled with safety features they are unusable. I ended up disabling them by removal of the rubber strips that were supposed to stop it from going down stairs but actually make it unusable on carpet. My mother in law used it for my son(who is almost 8) at her house which was a one story ranch house so there were no stairs to worry about.

    I have a picture of me with my grandpa. He holding me in his lap with one hand and has a lit cigarette in his other hand.

    Women used to smoke and drink while pregnant and people still came out normal, or none of us would exist. I mean I have seen many pictures of huge pregnant women(I’m 31 so I’m talking pregnant with my parents’ generation) with a cigarette in one hand and a beer can in the other.

  10. stephanie says:

    Is that a gun on the arm of the chair??

  11. Meesh says:

    ahhhh childhood memories!! lol We always had a drink of dad’s beer… (Today I can’t stand the taste of it!!) I remember once he told me (after I had taken a drink) Don’t kiss your grandmother!! lol

  12. Saffy says:

    here kid, learn to drink and smoke responsibly!

  13. Tony says:

    And his ashes are about to fall in shirley temple’s hair and we have another michael jackson pepsi commercial….

  14. LINDA says:

    I am wondering if the woman in the abckground was happy with this situation? Maybe the baby was teething..a little slug of this kid and you won’t feel those old teeth…

    • Chris says:

      My parents have photos of me teething on a beer can – fresh from the cooler it’s ice cold and un-opened there’s no chocking hazard!

  15. LVRealvip says:

    The good old day! I remember when I would go shot for shots with my dad at about the same age. Hmm! the memories!

  16. Ed says:

    $20 says his shorts are undone.

  17. Dmummey says:

    ahhhhhhhhh I miss the 70’s. When kids didn’t have to get a fake ID to drink a beer, they smoked a pack a day and never had to actually put their lips to a cig and cars didn’t have seat belts. The wonder years.

  18. oy says:

    this is funny but i’m not getting “awkward” from it…

  19. Jay says:

    Pfft. Everyone does things like this with their kid. You don’t think you will, and then suddenly you find yourself at home one night with your spouse, giggling just a little bit as junior sips off that little bit of beer sitting in the lip of the can. You can feel yourself thinking “Is this TOO wrong?” And then you think about that photo of your Dad/Uncle/Aunt/Grandpa giving you a sip of beer.

  20. B says:

    Everything, in moderation.

  21. Rahnny says:

    How is that cigarette is hanging on to his lips?

  22. Gina says:

    I really had no idea there would be so much reaction when I sent this. The truth behind the photo is it’s a family vacation in Wildwood, so it’s a cheap motel, not a hospital, and I grew up fine, never had an alcohol problem, my dad never abused us in any way, I’m happily married and just had a daughter of my own and don’t plan on giving her alcohol, but I don’t blame anyone who gives a “sip”, it’s personal business. Funny, the one friend I know who was raised in a hyperreligious household and banned from most everything (including watching Mtv, wearing makeup, and going out to parties) grew up to be a stripper and is divorced. There’s a balance between choking them with restrictions and letting them run loose, I hope I find it.

    • Marci says:

      I agree with you. Thought it was funny, your dad was being a dad.

    • SmashCritical says:

      Ah, cheap hotel, that explains it, fold away bed, I was siding with sleeper sofa until now. And it makes perfect sense with the heavy industrial curtains.

      Honestly my first thought when I saw the picture was “hey we have that same picture” ok no curly hair and it was a trashy 70s couch but yeah otherwise the same.

      And for the record, I despise beer, don’t smoke, drink very rarely, and am very glad we left those fashions behind.

    • Chestna says:


      Congrats on motherhood, and you’ve got some lovely hair!

    • juliet says:

      aw, was that you? shooodieee woooodie wooodie

      i added to the debate about beer/children/ethics/etc (“safer than most drinking water” and “she’s cute”) i think sums it up.

      it’s a lovely photo.
      there are similar ones of me (I grew up in the UK, scotland & england)

      what cute little ringlets…
      aww… melted my bitter, old, hardened heart.

  23. The Lawthers says:

    “Be careful not to spill ash in her hair, she’ll spill the beer”…was my husband’s first reaction when he saw this picture…

  24. Laura says:

    All kids get curious and some even ask for a sip. I remember laying on the recliner with my dad and asking to try the beer in his hand, not knowing what it was. He let me have a sip… >> To this day, I hate the taste of alcoholic beverages. Haha, it was a good tactic on behalf of my dad to get me not interested in alcohol. Taste aversion, yay.

  25. michel says:

    I think you all are taking this to far.

    Some of you claim she will become f knows what, some are remembering their child abuse…

    Fact of the matter is, this is a picture of an inocent little girl having a daughter pop moment for memories.

    Sum it all down and you all know NOTHING of this photo, just comment with little ration.

    P.S thats not my name.

    • Thisis Insane says:

      So, you’re saying that even the lady who posted it knows squat about her own photo? She just commented a few frames up. Why not pay attention to what you are reading/looking at?

      P.S. WE don’t care what your name is.

  26. Henry F. Ortlieb says:

    That is ortlieb’s, philly’s “other” beer, back in the day when each city had a big brewery or two and employed people and created a tax base, until all you sheep started paying attention to madison avenue and buying all that crap bud light and coors light.

  27. blucat says:

    *Humming to the tune of “Smoking in the Boys’ Room”* Smokin’ in the hospital room…

  28. moi says:

    oh come on, having a child drink from a can of beer is one of the many failed parenting rights of passage the rents get to experience. heck, that’s how i learned to get my own juice when i was thirsty instead of bugging my dad for some of his drink. it’s a fond memory that usually takes place in the summer time between the ages of 3 to 5…

  29. julie says:

    Sadly, this could be me and grandpa or dad. I, too, had curly hair and was more than encouraged to try some of their beer. In fact, I was told grandpa put brandy in my milk bottles to “help me sleep” through the night. Nice.

  30. Rob Malda says:

    Consider Dad is about to ash on top of the kid’s head, I’d say the beer is the least of the concerns.

    • Der Kamisar says:

      Yeah… I was always amazed just how long my dad could get an ash to barely cling to the end of his smoke.

  31. Jason Grubb says:

    Yeah… that looks familiar.

  32. Zotter says:

    Nope – not a hospital room. That’s a ‘fold up’ sofa sleeper – I recognize the hinge. Spent way too many nights on such a dealio when visiting family all over.

    • Mollie says:

      I think it is a hospital room. Look at the curtain in the background. It has the pull tab on the end like a hospital curtain would have to separate the beds.

  33. Nooo! The cat is much more funny!

  34. HermanTurnip says:

    Excellent pic! *sigh* Reminds me of my old man…

  35. ohgeroverit says:

    Yes back when you were allowed to smoke in hospitals. The kid is more in harm from the smoke and being in a hospital than beer. And the dad has a band aid on his finger.
    But he has not hospital bracelette. It’s not against the law for a parent to give their kids alcohol and back them it did not have to just in the house like now. And beer is not going to kill the kid. Most kids do not like it anyway. And mum is standing behind him. And there is the person taking the photo. So that is three adults in the room.

    It’s just beer! It’s not like it’s crack or heroin or happy drugs.

    • Bryan says:

      JUST BEER????? Are you kidding me its not like its crack or heroin or happy drugs????? I work with people that have gone down on their knees with JUST BEER just as quick as the people I work with that lost everything from crack. It is that kind of thinking that gets people addicted is its just beer. Its a drug

      • relaxBryan says:

        Lighten up Bryan — just because some people become alcoholics doesn’t mean everyone that has a drink does. Stop with the huge leaps of logic, it’s dangerous.

      • blargh says:

        you are stupid

      • Kurt says:

        Oh stop it… anyone who says beer is just as addicting as crack is a moron.

        There’s nothing wrong with drinking a few beers, but taking a few hits of coke is
        very bad.

        Go learn something!

    • thatryanguy says:

      “It’s not against the law for a parent to give their kids alcohol”

      No, no, it kindof really Is illegal to provide alcohol for a minor, related or not.

      • Jenn says:

        You are both right. It depends on what state you are in. Where parents are allowed, it only pertains to their children and they have to be supervised. There are traditional or European families that have wine with dinner or alcohol to celebrate holidays and other occasions. I don’t think anything is wrong with that. When people are taught responsible use, not that it’s bad, bad, bad, they are less likely to abuse it. My parents let us have sips and small amounts of wine when we were little on special occasions. Some would think I should be a full fledged alcoholic now, but I maybe have 1-2 drinks like every 4 months. I guess I need to drink more!

      • jram39 says:

        I live in a state where it is legal to give alcohol to your children as long as they are
        on your property. I have been drinking wine with dinner since i was eight and I think
        it is totally acceptable. i am 31 years old and have never had an overindulgence problem
        like our youth today. It is because we regulate them til they are 21 and then set them
        loose with no boudaries.

        • juliet says:

          regardless of the law or the morality of it, beer is normally safer than drinking water – cholera ,etc, doesn’t live in beer.
          she’s cute!! not awkward! happy photo!!

    • Crystal says:


    • Angelle says:

      “It’s not against the law for a parent to give their kids alcohol”…??! Really? I beg to differ.

      • Susan E says:

        You people are bringing me down worse than any drug or a hangover ever could. Awkward Family Photos is a happy place – happy, I tell you!

  36. brian says:

    what kind of beer is that?

  37. Jana says:

    It must be the 70’s. I love the smell of beer on my husbands breath. Reminds me of my dad. Okay, just reread that and it sounds creepy, but it really isn’t like that. Oh lord.

  38. Wainscott says:

    Check out the curtain in the background and what dad’s sittin on, i believe they’re in a hospital room!

  39. Brian Graves says:

    Dad used to let us finish the beer. Whoever got him the new one, got to finish the old one.

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