School Ties

August 23rd, 2011

School Ties - Behind The Awkwardness

“As was tradition in our family, we were taking our first day of school photos.  The cat, Cuddles, had been posing with us in some of our earlier shots and then ran off.  I was whining because I wanted to have the cat in the pictures.  My brother, intolerant of my whining, punched me and told me to shut up.  This made me cry and I started crying harder when I realized my mom was still taking pictures.”

(submitted by Jennifer)




56 Responses to “School Ties”

  1. CSA says:

    Now this pic demands a recreation!!!

  2. Paul says:

    Aww. Sad picture.

  3. Cathy says:

    When I saw this picture I was freaked out. Your brother looks exactly like my husband and youngest son did as little boys. I would love to know what your brother looks like today to see if my husband and son still resemble him.

  4. graphicartist2k5 says:

    cats definitely love to piss you off like that.

  5. jane says:

    Maximum awesomeness!

  6. Erling says:

    I hate it. I don’t like it when children are unhappy.. for whatever reason

  7. Esther says:

    OMG I love the Mork and Mindy shirt!! My brother had this EXACT shirt back in the 80’s but it was red!!! LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT!!! And the explanation is just tooo freaking funny!! I think all the pics submitted should have the story behind them.

  8. th. says:

    One of the all-time-bests! Look at the half-guilty expression on the brother’s face.

  9. Penny Diamond says:

    Mork made Cindy Brady cry.

  10. Dazaster says:

    Classic! Reminds me of me after punching my younger sister ha ha. Seriously though as a big brother I can tell you that upon the odd occasion you felt a pang of guilt when she started crying. And woe betide anyone else hitting her. Big brother punched their lights out.

    • ABrown says:

      Exactly! My brothers were the same. They teased me to tears, threatened to hit me, leave me, ruin my life (all with that guilty, sorry-I-did-it face afterwards)…but if anyone messed with me, they were the first to have my back. I love my brothers. I hated them then but now that we’re older they are my best friends.

  11. Conservative Heavy Metal HIipie Farmer says:

    The crying little girl is jacking with my daddy instincts.

  12. Stelle says:

    I love this. Best picture ever!

  13. Kyle says:

    I love the Mork & Mindy T-Shirt

  14. Sean says:

    Mork calling Orson, come in Orson. Mork calling Orson, come in Orson…….

    One of my favorite shows(Mork & Mindy)as a child. I had a crush on Mindy(Pam Dawber).

  15. Vanessa says:

    Haha, Mork!

  16. Anne says:

    I had two older and two younger brothers. So, I got beaten up AND had to babysit.

  17. Sheila says:

    I had that lunchbox as a kid! I STILL have it! 🙂

  18. armchair hero says:

    Orson is greatly disappointed in Mork.

  19. 'Licia says:

    I am pretty sure I had that exact lunch box!

  20. Mark says:

    Great! Funny!

  21. sadi says:

    I love your Cindy Brady “curls”! Great pic!

  22. Silvia says:

    I LOVE this pic! Choosing your Mork shirt to wear on the first day of school…LOVE it! Love the metal lunchbox (I miss those!)

  23. Nicola says:

    Is that a Hush Puppies lunch box?

  24. Mike says:

    He’s missing the standard issue Mork suspenders with his outfit.

  25. Mary says:

    Mork from Ork shirt tucked into his sweat pants. Priceless!

  26. Lately says:

    I love the look on the brother’s face – “Wait, you mean I’m not in trouble?”

  27. WJO says:

    I love the fact that your Mom kept snapping pictures. Most Mom’s probably would have stopped and tried to get you to fake pose again – she knew it was more interesting (and amusing) to capture the true story.

  28. Johanna says:

    I am laughing so hard I’m crying! This one is awesome!

  29. Amice says:

    Awww…little sister! Don’t you see where your elbow is, and where it could have gone? A missed opportunity….


    A Daily-Punched Little Sister

  30. Loey says:

    Your mom is my hero.

  31. Angie says:

    Seriously, the “behind the awkwardness” photos are the best. I love this one, and not in small part because it very easily could have been me and my brother.

  32. Connie says:

    Ah, big brothers . . . the world’s greatest source of entertainment and irritation! 🙂

  33. taterhead says:

    I would like to think that you have gottern even with him somehow over the years for punching you.

  34. seattle_dave says:

    He looks sorry.

    No, he doesn’t.

  35. Bonnie says:


  36. Mimi says:

    I’m with LKT, you TOTALLY got him back with this pic. Mork. Nice.

  37. Jeanette says:

    LOVE the Mork from Ork shirt.

  38. pittipat says:

    If I could “like” a comment on here, it would be Na-Nu-Na-Nu sister puncher!

    Now, how do I go about using that in everyday conversation…

  39. Maria says:

    I love this! Thanks for the story; it makes the picture that much better.

  40. Lisa says:

    Nanoo Nanoo

  41. LKT says:

    That’s alright, Jennifer. You have just taken your revenge by showing the world your beloved brother wearing a Mork from Ork t-shirt. “Na-Nu-Na-Nu” sister puncher! 🙂

  42. Katie says:

    Mork! 🙂 Nannu Nannu

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