Lean Wit It

September 16th, 2009

Lean Wit It - *AFP Hall Of Fame*

“The photo was taken on the steps of the St. Coleman’s parish church in Pompano Beach, Florida after Sunday mass sometime in 1989.

The little boy leaning on my bits and pieces is my pesky brother, Aldrich, who was about 4 years old at the time.

In his youth, he had a series of mishaps and accidents due to his rambunctious nature:

He fell into our pool without knowing how to swim and managed to get himself to safety;
He fell down two flights of steps inside a cruise ship;
He wrapped the cord for our living room curtains around his neck and proceeded to jump off the sofa, fortunately taking down the whole curtain track assembly with him;
He took the cigarette lighter from inside our car and branded himself on his right cheek, the mark still showing up to today;
And, among many other things, he fell off the 2nd floor of his school in 3rd grade and landed on some chicken wire, which broke his fall but bloodied himself from all the cuts and scrapes he managed to get.
Anyways, on this perfect Sunday morning, we had just gotten out of church and decided to snap a shot for posterity’s sake…

… just as the person taking the picture counted to three, I felt his tiny hand grasp me in the groin like a vise and I just barely managed to smile and keep a brave front for the moment… and it turned to a grimace in pain right after the shutter clicked.. and I will never forget the wave of pain that engulfed me soon after.

Today, whenever I look at that photo, I not only remember all the hardships my mother and I went through in raising that guy… I remember how he turned what was supposed to be the perfect family photo into THE most awkward in our family history.”

(submitted by Joseph)

98 Responses to “Lean Wit It”

  1. fdrpersonals@gmail.com says:

    It’s great, thanks for sharing it with us. Any idea who these boys are?

  2. renard says:

    WTHECK! He just accepts it…this photo is just a glimpse into a dark home..lol

  3. Samantha says:


  4. Chucky says:

    I wonder if the kid made him turn his head and cough?

  5. Chelle says:

    The kid on the left is wearing a charming pink shirt that matches mom’s dress. Left Boy’s pants are of similar acid washed material to older boy, making them match. Left Boy is rolling his trousers, so he kind of matches the crotch grabbing toddler. Wow – I can only image what dad is wearing while he’s snapping the picture

  6. doodah says:

    is that like a 4-inch hem on son #2’s pants????

  7. Skipping Lunch says:

    And we now have a new category– The Willie Shelf!

  8. Betsy says:

    Look at the pained expression on that poor kid’s face, and the claw-like way his hand is clenched. I bet somebody ordered him not to move while they took the picture!

  9. wbr150 says:

    whats up with te guy to the lefts arm?

  10. paulapoo says:

    Bryanboy at the age of three.

  11. You Know Who says:


  12. AL says:


  13. Angie says:

    “I told you to lean on his LEG! But hold that pose for just a sec….”

  14. Snowrider says:

    Good grief! The strange brown stain on the photo over the big sister’s legs had me fooled. I thought “How’d that smudge get on my screen?”

  15. mikvance says:

    Those jeans are awesome. I need to bring those back.

  16. CBE says:

    Am I mistaken, or does the boy on the left have his fly open? Of more concern, why was I looking?

  17. Brett says:

    ok i see whats going on with the kid on the right..but whats going on with the one on the left? is he leaning on an invisible table or about to check his invisible watch? lemme know!

  18. Tim says:

    Stylin’ and Profilin’! Just needs a little guidance, is all…

  19. Christi says:

    Oh my, that child looks so dignified and proud.

  20. MCR says:

    It’s hard to be a big brother.

  21. Frank says:

    Turn your head and cough.

  22. Jonathan says:

    I know crotch-grabbing is back in fashion since MJ’s death. Someone should’ve just told this kid that it’s your own crotch you’re supposed to grab!

  23. Craig says:


  24. Julie K says:

    Another “just keep scrolling down” masterpiece. Somehow the most awkward photos are the ones that load slowly… How do we get that same effect for the book?

  25. What in the World? says:


  26. This is mine! This is where my babies come from!

  27. kelly says:

    whyyy don’t they stop him??

  28. Moose says:

    Funny, but totally looks Photoshopped.

  29. caitlin says:

    kid on the left — flashing a gang sign?

  30. Caryn says:

    Ok the obvious awkwardness aside. Is the other kid expecting a flood? We call those High Water pants in my house.

  31. kathy says:

    It seems as though there is a lot of awkwardness going on here. The boy on the left has his arm in an awkward position (unless it’s a physical deformity which then is not awkward), the baby’s arm appears at first to be coming out of his mother’s sleeve and then of course the placement of the young boy’s hand! Also, referring back to the boy on the left, what kind of pants and shoes is he wearing????

  32. newsgirl151 says:

    Now THIS is an awkward photo! Brilliant!

  33. Sandy says:

    The Jonas Brothers?

  34. Maya B says:

    The guy being leaned on doesn’t seem to mind, oddly enough.

  35. Don says:

    Junior obviously does not want any future responsibilities that come with being called “uncle”.

  36. Etraking says:

    Seems to me there was no other place for the lad to hold on to…which brings me to the question…how visible was the bulge??

  37. 12gager says:

    Too bad the older brothers aren’t in the same matching outfits as the younger brothers. That would we awesome AND awkward!

  38. Logan says:

    That is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen, lol.

    Keep up the good work.

  39. Ryan says:

    Just checking the inseam?

  40. MattBinSC says:

    Looks like the kids got him by the stones…err…stone-washed jeans, I mean.

  41. JJ says:

    It’s the crotch shelf!

  42. CarrieM says:

    He’s a cute little guy, but seriously, you need to put a stop to this kind of behavior before it becomes a lifelong habit.

  43. MST says:

    So many different comments I could leave, yet so little time.

  44. binkymae says:

    Is this where the term “grin and bear it” comes from? Love the clinched jaw and the curled fingers that reflect the pain level. This is a guy who could hold up to torture by enemy soldiers.

  45. Whoa says:

    Kid’s gonna be a tailor.

    “So, sir, I see you dress to the left.”

  46. patkerash says:

    Don’t see what is awkward here…..my hubby and I take turns standing like that all the time

  47. Sean says:

    Firstborn, I strike thee down for the sake of all of the middle children in the land!

  48. Angel says:

    HA HA HA love it!!! That little boy is sooo cute. Kinda like he saying “yeah right bro, you wish!”

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