The Christening

March 19th, 2012

The Christening - *AFP Hall Of Fame*

“This was my Christening, June 1971. I’m the baby obviously, my Godmother is holding me, my parents are next to her. Their hideous outfits aren’t the “awkward” part of this photo. In the background, my grandmother is pulling my sister’s hair while my brother is recovering from a smack! All of this right on the front steps of a church.”

(submitted by Debbie)

150 Responses to “The Christening”

  1. Grandma Dee says:

    Even an old mother cat will slap her kittens, and grab them by the scruff of the neck when they misbehave. I say we need more Grannies willing to do the job!

  2. Erin says:

    Ahh, brings back memories of my grandma!! My Beulah would put a fly swatter on our tails if we stepped out of line. And she loved us with everything in her!! I miss her so much! After I got married, we would talk on the phone at least once a week! She was the one who helped through my mother’s (her daughter-in-law’s) death. Put a smile on my face!

  3. Dawn says:

    If she will pull hair and smack faces on camera, what would she do in private? I was raised in the 70s and no one pulled my hair or smacked me in the face, and I didn’t do that to my children. There is nothing funny about abusing a child. I enjoy this site, but this one isn’t funny.

    • Kim says:

      that is your opinion.

      Everyone I knew (the entire neighborhood and most of the country) got slapped and or grabbed by the hair when you were running off and it is not abuse and it IS a typical family picture from the late 60’s early70’s

      • Astrid says:

        If that is true, Kim, I am glad I did not grow up in your neighborhood or “most of your country”. I was never slapped, and the only time I got my hair pulled was when my mother accidentally pulled it while brushing. (I was born in 1968, by the way).

      • Danielle says:

        We were smacked, chased with hairbrushes, etc. I don’t remember it being called abuse and I grew up in the 80’s… Funny pic and probably more common behind the ‘family scenes’ than some want to admit.

  4. Kari says:


    The woman holding you looks exactly like my mom did at that age!!! Crazy!!!

  5. Carolyn says:

    I have tears in my eyes I am laughing so hard. I was a 70’s child myself and got the wooden spoon on the regular. Especially after church!!

    • Kristen says:

      I’m also a child of the 70s and this hilarious pic brought me right back there! This could have been a shot from my family…christening, mad as hell hair tuggin’ meemaw and all!

  6. bud says:

    im 82 and I still say yes mam to old ladys

  7. anthony says:

    Unfortunately, a good smack and a sharp hair-pull are no longer allowed, and this is the downfall of our society because it is SO needed.

  8. Toni says:

    Yikes! Your grandmother and mine must either have been soul mates or separated at birth =)

  9. Liz says:

    Hysterical photo… been laughing at this for 15 minutes now. So identify with this “generation.” I was 5 in 1972 and my older brother was 7 and my younger brother was born the same year. Could have been my little bro’s christening, could’ve been my grandmother doing the same exact thing. My how times have changed… LoL. That grandmother would be getting supervised visits with her grandchildren if this were today… This is hysterical!

  10. Lisa says:

    OMG i just laughed a good 20 minutes at this! I have tears streaming down my face i’m laughing so hard! This is so a testament to my upbringing in the 70’s. Back in the day when a parent can discipline a child in front of a church and the photographer doesn’t even put down the camera! Now a days, you can’t even call a kid a dumb ass without somebody getting offended. Now i’m a grandmother..and bet your ass i’m gonna be caught in a photo smackin’ the hades out of a kid.. but then i’ll be seen on CNN as having been arrested for it. OH well..great photo.

  11. Loo says:

    omg, Iam dying! gramas ninja like reflexes, classic!

  12. Rodney says:

    Spare the rod and spoil the child!

    Proverbs 29:15 – The rod and rebuke give wisdom, But a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. Ha!

  13. Cindy B says:

    One of the best AFPs ever!! It was funny at first glance when I thought (mistakenly) that the woman & children in the background were strangers! It became hilarious when I read the caption!!

  14. EmilyRose says:

    This is my favorite Awkward family Picture on here!!

  15. minnemamma says:

    I can’t stop laughing about this picture, tears are in my eyes! This was reality for most of us!

    It brought back a memory of mine, I was about 9 and mugging terribly for my parents’ new movie camera, making horrible faces, really ugly ones. Suddenly you see out of the corner of the screen a hand come up and smack me on the back of the head! That put a stop to my mugging faces. I don’t remember who did it but it very easily could have been my grandmother.

  16. brad says:

    oh my! this picture literally made me cry, i was laughing sooooo hard. hysterical!

  17. Mary Jo says:

    Thank you for the best laugh I have had in a long time. I remember my mother slapping the hell out of us in mass on Sunday. Of course this made me and my sisters laugh even harder which got us in more trouble when we got home.

    • Debbie says:

      Thanks 🙂 It is a classic pic of my family. We had many other similar “moments” over the years, but sadly, no others caught on film 🙂

  18. Jenny says:

    They would have cropped that these days and all we’d see is a smiling adorable family!! HA! Love it!

  19. Liz says:

    This brought me to tears!!! I swear my family has a smiliar picture swimming around in the photo albums!

  20. SDMarklar says:

    I just want to say thank you for posting this picture. It never, ever gets old. I come to this page whenever I am in a bad mood and it sends me into hysterical laughter each time. Seriously one of the best pics ever. Hilarious!!!

  21. JomochaJo says:

    ha ha ha! Epic!!! I once ran away from my dad and he chased me down the road and grabbed my hair blowing in the wind behind me. He caught me and whipped me as the neighbors watched. I don’t even remember what I had done to make him mad. He never made me feel abused!…he was a great father to me and gave me a wonderful childhood.This was in the 60’s.

  22. Ginger says:

    I am a grandmother…and i have not smacked my grand kids – but have wanted to several times.

  23. matt dyer says:

    is this in bellwood IL?

  24. cutiepatootie says:

    Tears are still streaming down my face. This is HI-LARIOUS!!

  25. Syxx Monroe says:

    OMG! This is the funniest thing Ive seen thus far. My grandma used to put the smack down. I’m fine.

  26. Patrick says:

    Ah, the good ol’ days!

  27. Marie says:

    The photo reflects real life as it was back then .. in early 60s my mum would chase us with the mop and wack us if the wooden stick broke we have to walk to the store for a new one ! mum is near 90 now we adore her we didnt consider ourselves abused

  28. carol says:

    Oh yeah, I had a grandmother like that. Scary.

  29. megz says:

    She seems like a lovely woman…

  30. abcd and then some says:

    This is the funniest of all, so far! I love the way you describe everything and most of all, what one sees in the background – so dramatic, so Fellini, so funny!

  31. customcartoons says:

    Well, I’M not messin’ Grandma! Just sayin. o_O

  32. Shadowhumper says:

    Wow, reminds me of when I was a kid. :3
    I remember when getting whipped wasn’t considered abusive or psychotic, and if your dumb ass was out of line, it was normal for an mother/aunt/grandma to make a scene trying to chase you down and smack you.
    I’m not being sarcastic, this new hyper-sensitive way of raising kids by not disciplining them
    and rewarding them with transparent positive feedback is stupid, and it’s turning kids into egotistical self-entitled assholes.
    I’m defiantly not saying we should go back to old style physical discipline at all. There are much better ways to train your child.
    But that old style discipline works better than this new bullcrap, in my opinion.

    • beth says:

      Everything you said is so true.

      • massageon says:

        You obviously don’t have children.

        • Josh says:

          You’ve obviously never seen that show about girls and their sweet sixteen party…

          • indigo says:

            Ugh, that show was repulsive!! The kids on there were horrific brats and their parents were stupid enablers…

        • Monkey says:

          You are obviously one of those “parents” who will let their spawn run wild and think its adorable.

          • Jennie-Anne says:

            I have four children, who are extremely well behaved. I’ve had their meals paid for at restaurants, I’ve been comped their meals, I’ve had strangers come up and praise them. The Bishop at their church constantly tells my father (I don’t attend their church) how well behaved they are They’re not perfect by any means and have never been so, but they do know how to behave in public. Hair pulling and face smacks weren’t necessary to get this.

    • chris says:

      no blood no foul

  33. Queenbee says:

    Little did you know…you were next…

  34. joebecca says:

    That is one of the funniest pics i’ve ever seen!!! Gramma on the warpath!

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