Recreating The Awkwardness

February 1st, 2014

Recreating The Awkwardness - Recreating The Awkwardness

“The original was taken back in 1990 in USSR. I’m the older girl in my school uniform. Not sure why the studio decided to position us as if we’re waiting for a very important phone call. Twenty-three years later and my dad is wearing the same exact sweater, my mom the same exact blouse and jewelry, and she tells me that the collar used on my shirt is the same one off my uniform. I’m not sure what caused her to save that and bring it to America with us when we moved, and then to save it for 20 more years afterwards. I apparently went from school girl to a maid in the past 23 years.”

(submitted by Masha)


28 Responses to “Recreating The Awkwardness”

  1. NurseKat says:

    What an awesome and sweet recreation! Thank you for sharing :) I visited the USSR as a teenager in 1985. It was very eye opening.

  2. Jennifer says:

    Wh are the parents the only ones that look 23 yrs older?? doesn’t make sense

  3. Benny says:

    Creepy Americana at its best!

  4. dave says:

    Welcome to America! Such a country!

  5. Mairzydoats says:

    That is the BEST recreation posted here, yet!! Kudos to you!

  6. Masha says:

    Thanks folks. It took me a few months to plan this out, find the right items and such and in the end my mom and my sister could have smiled with their teeth showing and it would have been right on.

  7. Natalie says:

    This is just lovely. Keep that Fisher Price phone, don’t sell it or give it away, it seems those won’t be sold anymore as less and less people have landline phones, and kids don’t relate to them. I have kept mine, from the ’60s, it is considered an antique!

    • Masha says:

      Yeah, my mom told me to hang on to all the props we used for this for another 20 years and we’ll do another one again then. Should be interesting.

  8. Col says:

    Masha,
    Have you discovered the fountain of youth?

  9. Chicago says:

    I don’t think this is awkward at all – I think it is sweet! I’d love to see a non re-creation photo of the family, the dad and Masha look so serious; I’d like to see them smiling :)

    • Tim says:

      I think you are correct: it is not awkward and it is sweet. But I think with the Recreating the Awkardness pictures the awkwardness part takes a back seat. I don’t care if it is awkard or not. I just like to see a fun recreation. The little details people are able to reprduce or seeing how the people have changed sucks me into these. If it is awkward that is great too. But these pictures belong on this site whether they are awkard or not. I love them.

  10. Laura says:

    The attention to detail in his photo is just wonderful. :)

  11. KA says:

    I am impressed that you still have those items after so many years. We live in such a throw away society today, not good for our environment or our budgets. And you obviously take good care of your things. They still look great. Awesome re-creation!

  12. Jayce says:

    Your mom isn’t in the same sweater…they are completely different textures!

  13. Same roots says:

    I love it!! I remember the collar and the uniform, what a wonderful recreation! And don’t feel bad, my mom brought soap when we immigrated.

  14. Emily B says:

    Cute. Great job!

  15. Casey says:

    This is wonderful, you did a beautiful job of getting the details just right. Welcome to America!

  16. Claire's mom says:

    This is the BEST recreation I’ve seen in terms of commitment to detail. Take a page from Masha’s playbook – this is how it’s done, people!

  17. Marlene says:

    Wonderful effort! Congrats to you and your lovely family :)

  18. MaryMitch says:

    I like recreations where some real effort is used. This is a good one!

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