Chauncey couldn’t contain his excitement about Christmas.
(submitted by Chauncey)
Although he would one day be hailed the world-over as a famed guitar sword-slinger, a young Eric Clapton exhibited no small skill at another kind of swordsmanship in his early years.
One of the best!!
absolutely, hands down, others up! LOL
Ok everyone, I’m here to clarify things a bit 🙂 Sorry it took me so long. I submitted the photo, never heard anything back from AFP, and didn’t realize it was up here until about 10 minutes ago.
First, I’m a boy. It was the 80’s, people. Androgyny ruled and no one could tell anyone’s gender.
Second, I didn’t have earrings until I was in my late teens. There is no earring in the photo. I just have stupid ears.
Third, the hairclip is paint. There is really no hairclip at all. In addition to stupid ears, I had stupid hair. Again…it was the 80’s.
And lastly, the blood. It’s not blood. It’s alizarin crimson oil paint. I’m an artist and a messy one at that. Not sure why this was out when I was painting, but I get paint on everything so it’s not a huge surprise.
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Oh…it was supposed to be a sword. Hahaha!
You look like you have a red bow on the top of your head also. Just saying. But you are definetly all boy 😉
You were a cutie, Chauncey.
Yes I am a BOY
Yes I had an earring
That is a decoration on the tree not a hair barrette
Those are camo shoes with a red lining around them
I’m not sure what the red is but it’s not blood…LOL
I did not realize that big deal about the pic until my dad pointed it out
Whether or not you’re a boy is irrelevant. What is relevant is that you’re responding to my photo as if you’re me. And you’re not. So…yeah. Yes, I’m a boy. No, there is no ear ring. And no, there is no hairclip. Lastly, the “hairclip” and the “blood” in question are paint. I’m an artist and I spill…a lot.
I’m guessing you are mid to late 20s by now..
I was guessing it was from early 90s instead of mid/late 80s
My vote is for BOY. At that age boys are cute and can look kind of girlish and moms buy their clothes, including sweaters with feminine touches to them. The shoes look like they are either camo or animal print. Hair clip is something on the tree. Earring is…’dunno, but I’m still saying this is a BOY. And I agree that the boys probably got the blue sword balloons. Anyway, that’s my vote. LOVE the photo!!!
Fantastic pic! The most awkward I’ve seen in months! My expert (drip under pressure) analysis is: The pic was probably done in the 80’s (hence the hair style). The red is damage to the actual photograph. It smears across the balloon and Santa in the same swipe. The hair clip may be part of the Christmas tree behind the kid’s head along with additional photo damage. The earing is definately troubling; for the 80’s it appears to be the wrong style and too big for a boy. It could also be photo damage. Based on the fact it was Chauncy that uploaded the pic and referred to himself as HE, we have to assume the kid is male.
I laughed till I cried…people at work are looking for my meds 🙂
I do believe we are viewing a potential candidate for the AFP Hall of Fame. I don’t know how the nomination process works, but if it were up to me, I’d vote yes. This is the most awkward photo I’ve seen in months 🙂
I’m glad that the first thing that came to my mind was, “Ok, the little one is holding a balloon sword – big deal.”
That makes me feel pretty good about myself.
The boys got blue balloons and the girls got pink silk lined pouches.
I don’t think that’s a clip in the hair, but I do think I see a small earring in the visible ear. and that sweater is a girl’s sweater. Thought it was a boy at first, but then studied it again.
Still, no one should make a balloon like that. I don’t care if it Was a sword and she is a girl. yeah, very awkward…
It is a BOY. Chauncey is a boy’s name. He submitted a picture of HIMSELF. Read the caption. “Couldn’t contain HIS excitement”. Look at the balloon and think of what it looks like with that implication.
Just because Chauncey is a typically male name does not mean that this child FOR SURE is a boy. List of male names now almost exclusively feminine: Dana, Stacey, Kelly. And lets not forget names that are currently used for BOTH sexes (my own child is one of these): Shawn/Sean, Micah, Michael (I know 2 girls named this), Kyle.
All I know for sure is this photo is killer funny!
Again HE submitted it with the caption “couldn’t contain HIS excitement.” Hence it is a boy.
the thing on the ear looks like a shadow; that would have to be one really huge stud…don’t think they had those spacers back then. and the sweater is *definitely* a boy’s sweater. everything about this photo screams “boy”. don’t know where the confusion is.
Just wanted to vote: girl.
you’re completely wrong lol
Agree – girl!
I have 3 nieces with boys names – unusual boys names at that.
And no… the submitter does not write the caption – or does not always write the caption. A few months ago some submitter was bemoaning the fact that although she thought her picture was awkward enough, she did not understand the caption that had been attached to the picture – it seemed to be completely off the point (and I agreed with her). This shows that not all captions are written by the submitter.
Girl. I’m voting girl. And even if I am wrong in this case, beware the caption. They are not always on target.
It is a boy people. The “Hair Clip” is just dirt on the picture. Chauncey is a boy’s name. The so called “Girls” gift bag.. the pink is a candy bar. You can see the little santa on it.
I agree. It’s a boy. And does that fact do anything, really, to lessen the awkwardness here? The picture is awesome. Full stop.
what’s with Santa’s 10,000 mile stare?!
funniest. AFP. yet.
Doesn’t the person who submits the photo give the description? If so, the submitter stated that Chauncey couldn’t contain “his” excitment. I thought he was a boy the first time I looked at the picture and he still looks like a boy. Googled the name and it states it’s a boy’s name.
Awesome pic – if it were mine I would have it framed and on my desk so everyone could enjoy it.
Cool! A Christmas tree AND new hand held version of a Festivus pole…..
Read the caption. Pulled down the picture…………
i can’t breatheeee….
She is holding a Disney Princess gift in her hands So diffidently a girl.
Though I too thought it was something with the Disney Princesses (Ariel, specifically), upon closer inspection, that is an upside-down image of santa clause–>note the black boots.
I think it’s a random bag from the box to Santa’s right.
OK…saw the bloodsplatter…then noticed the hair clip…see the tight grip Santa has on the child….now I see the balloon and the total awkwardness…..YIKES!!!!!!
but what was that balloon supposed to be in the shape of anyhow? tell me the elves aren’t handing out phallic balloons. a sword maybe? for Christmas? this is awkward to the max.
Yes, awkward–but she is a girl. The hair cut, the clip (no, not a curl, that is straight hair!), the lace/cut out pattern on the top of the sweater, the pretty sneakers all say girl. Which explains the balloon placement–she’s pretty much oblivious to these things at that age. Thank goodness.
The killer causing the mysterious blood splatter went…that way!
What? No comments on the tree? 🙂
the last thing that tree needs is hanging balls.
I find it curious that someone will post a photo here, then not reply when we the audience have questions. Chauncey, come back! We need you!
My goodness AFP, what you do to me. A string of lame ducks and then a string of “Holy Crap Now THAT’S awkward”(s). You are an enigma wrapped in a mystery my friend…….
AFP, I believe you have the cover photo of your next book here…this is the epitome of awkward!
It’s totally a girl. That is a definite hair clip and I can’t be the only person who noticed she has earrings!
I noted the earrings, too, but they didn’t scream girl as much as the clip did. As a teacher, I’ve seen plenty of little boys in earrings… but I’ve yet to have one show up in a barrette! 😉
Really, there is no barrette, folks. If you zoom in on it, you can see it’s the same purple stuff spattered across much of the print. I think it might be a girl anyway, though. But I’m with those saying, “what was the balloon SUPPOSED to be?”
Also a sword
That “blood spatter” is on the photograph itself. So is the spot that looks to some like a barrette. Still funny, though. Can’t believe the boy didn’t notice the balloon placement, but his face reads innocence itself. Too funny!
Santa really has a grip with that left hand there….
please some backstory, girl? boy? not sure. blood splatter on wall and gloves Has to have a story, ballon penis, i get it….
I don’t think that the red splatter is actually on Santa’s sleeve or was there when the photo was taken, it looks like something that got on the photograph afterwards. And this is hilarious!
Rudolph probably had a nose bleed on the way….. hence he is the ‘Red Nose Reindeer’
Are you kidding me? Are you FREAKING kidding me? Why – oh why – I just don’t get it. Why would someone take a pic like this – his right shoe is untied. Geez Louise!
Totally laughed out loud on this one at first glance..then i saw the blood spatter?? Still funny though im both humoured and puzzled!
Nothing says Christmas like an inappropriate erection and the cold dead eyes of a sociopathic Santa, dripping in blood. 😀
Isn’t that a girl? I swear that’s a barrette in that hair…
Awkward balloon nonetheless.
This is the funniest I’ve seen in awhile. Spontaneous laughter!
Ho Ho… Ow! You’re cutting off Santa’s circulation! My chestnuts are turning blue!
“What do you want for Christmas kid?”
“Can you slaughter my entire family?”
“Sure! [chop slice dice] And here’s a suggestive balloon for you too!”
“Gee thanks Santa, you’re the best!”
Your comment made me laugh on a crappy day. Thanks !
You’re welcome 🙂
I’m sick and think I have strep but I’m reading these anyway, trying not to laugh and hurt my throat. “And here’s a suggestive balloon for you too!” did me in. Now I’m writhing in pain after a huge, uncontrollable belly laugh, but it was worth it.
Well…um…OMG! As if I wasn’t afraid of Santa enough already!
One of the most awkward pictures I’ve ever seen! Thanks for sharing Chauncey and I love your shoes!
I wonder if his parents sent this out as a Christmas card……
That is hilarious! I love the mysterious red smears on Santa’s sleeve.
Uh, is that blood all over Santa’s sleeve and the wall…? That’s arguably more awkward than a poorly placed balloon.
The clown that tied that balloon needs to be fired.
I wouldn’t touch this one with a ten foot……oops, maybe a poor choice of words, nevermind
I’m wondering who is more excited about Christmas coming up…
I guess thats what they refer to as the north pole…a thank you 🙂
We have a winner!
You, Harry, are a funny man!
What’s with the blood spatter?
Uh, too bad that’s a girl… Or at least I hope so with those shoes and a hair clip!
WOAH WOAH WOAH! Do I see some Dexter-esque blood spatter?! That balloon must be sharper than it looks!
Um his converse are camoflauge and that isn’t a hair clip you see. It is a curl of hair.
UM, definitely stick straight hair with a clip in it, and I personally would only put pink-trimmed shoes on a GIRL.
Yup. And earrings too.
It’s a hair clip – I’m a girl and have equally stick-straight hair. That’s what those clips look like in my hair too.
LOL!!! That is funny!!!
Ewwww. That’s pretty much all I can say.
“Ewwww”? that is “pee my pants” funny and i think i did…
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