Behind The Awkwardness: All You Can Eat

May 13th, 2012

Behind The Awkwardness: All You Can Eat - Kids

“This is me and my mom, circa 1982.  I was an extremely picky eater as a kid and each and every meal was a battle. An all-you-can-eat barbecue restaurant was my worst nightmare (probably my mom’s, too, from the look on her face).    The view of my plate is unfortunately blocked by the flower, but I can assure you it was full, with the food expertly pushed around on it to appear half eaten.  I don’t think my mom got to enjoy a single meal between 1976 and 1985. “

(submitted by Mary)

34 Responses to “Behind The Awkwardness: All You Can Eat”

  1. txvoltaire says:

    You look a lot like my niece when she was that age. She was a picky eater, too, but not nearly like you! Also, if I hadn’t read the caption, I would have thought you should’ve taken the non-drowsy allergy medicine!

  2. Zenoa says:

    I was a really picky eater too but buffets were my dream because I could eat whatever I wanted, I didn’t have to eat the salad and I didn’t have to eat any nasty veggies I could have Jello and chicken and then free range at the dessert island!

  3. Mike says:

    the early formation of a stubborn, but charming lady

  4. mcfeezie says:

    This looks just like Shealy’s in SC! The sign is still there!

  5. Amanda says:

    Wait, wait, wait. Is this Kauffman’s? In PA? It looks really familiar…

  6. aly says:

    Am I the only one who sees that her glasses look upside down?

  7. Jay Stemple says:

    This is epic.

  8. Nomes says:

    I LOVE this picture! It’s art.

  9. sewing25 says:

    The funnier unknown fact of this picture is that the photographer was the little girls father whose glasses were also the same. (I know because the little girl is my aunt!)

  10. EightiesTrauma says:

    The one thing I really don’t get – what’s the the glasses? I remember huge glasses were big (hoho) in the Eighties, but did America really not have kiddy versions? Just another reason why I’m glad to be European, our kiddy pics are so much less traumatic…

  11. Wowzer says:

    You didnt follow the one rule in the background. Shame on you. lol. Nice pic.

  12. Tim says:

    You look adorable and your mom looks patient.

  13. Atlanta Pam says:

    Your mother is much nicer than I am. There were no fights at my dinner table. Eat or go hungry, that was the choice!

    • Mary Lea Williams says:

      She was nice about it because we were in PUBLIC! 🙂 I can’t tell you how many hours I spent at the table after everyone else had finished, choking down one bite of coleslaw (the bane of my existence at the time) at a time.

  14. EmilyA says:

    I love the almost-matching glasses.

    And buffets were a nightmare when I was a kid, mainly because my mom insisted that we get our “money’s worth” and that I load up my plate with stuff I didn’t even want.

    • GDav says:

      I unwittingly cured my mother of that one day by asking her in a very loud voice if I had got my moneys worth? It was a crowded island buffet in Fiji and my mother still recounts today how mortifying it was for her . . LOL

  15. CamdensGramps says:

    Looks like the food must have been flying around in there since they made you both wear safety goggles.

  16. Pilar says:

    The little girl reminds me of Daria. 😀

  17. Tim R says:

    So you didn’t eat all you took?

  18. Meg says:

    The sign in the background is perfect for this explanation!

  19. JELLEP says:

    Hilarious irony given the sign in the back “Take All You Want But Eat All You Take” ~ LMAO!

  20. duchovlet says:

    They say “YOUR EYES (err GLASSES) ARE BIGGER THAN YOUR STOMACH”. How true in this photo.

    • Biribi says:

      Thank you!!! The story about food is not what makes this photo, although I guess it explains the overjoyed facial expressions 😉 but the glasses!!! They are something else!

  21. Harlemite says:

    Well, at least you were honest about it, bless your hear. 🙂

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