Behind The Awkwardness
“This is my sister’s school photo in 1971. My Mom insisted that she wear and wig and as you can imagine, she wasn’t very happy about it. It was of course great to see your older sister get some pay back for all the torture she had caused me during that period.”
(submitted by Kenneth)
We’re sure you have a lot of questions about our photos, and we do too. We interviewed Chris, the owner of this photo, to get more of the story. Welcome to Awkward Q&A!
Okay, so, what’s the story here?
This is a photo of my brother holding his new daughter. My daughter was standing behind the couch hugging my brother and it looks like his head is on her body. You can also see my other daughter on the couch next to them, and my Dad looking on. It was taken in 1985 at my home in Edina MN. The daughter sitting on the couch just moved and found this picture as she was sorting things. We all had a good laugh over it.
What’s the gift on the floor, and who was it for?
The gift was for the baby and included exact same floral patterns as the couch in the case it ripped.
Speaking of floral prints, was everything in that room floral print?
Is the couch still in the family?
The couch now belongs to the baby, who is grown. She is hoping for her own kids soon so she can pass it on and out of her house.
Let’s move on to your Dad. What’s that stain on his shirt?
Barbecue sauce from the wings he was eating earlier. I think the stain looks like The Virgin Mary when you are really close to it. For that reason the shirt, was never washed.
What is in that can on the end table?
Hauenstein Beer. My Dad had it with the wings. Only the best for us!
Do people ever confuse your brother with Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride?
Not yet, but he currently does a musical review of Tony Orlando and Dawn at a Minneapolis American Legion on weekends!
Well played, Chris. Well played.
(submitted by Chris)
“Listen, there’s nothing easy about holding three cats and a bunny all the same time. That little bunny, whose name is Arthur, is a big trouble-maker. He likes to bite on those cats when he gets a chance to. But those cats love him anyway. The cats involved are Madjka, Chachka and Pagliacci. I should explain, Christmas was coming and I wanted a picture with my my fur babies. (I work at a photography studio.)”
“But those fur babies were not on their best behavior. I seem to recall that Arthur, that little devil, nibbled at Pagliacci first and then all hell broke loose. Cat and bunny hair flying all around that photo studio. Now, remember this is where I worked. The cats went to running, the bunny went to hopping, and I was just beside myself. Thank goodness it was a Sunday and we were closed. Our display pictures were flying everywhere.”
(submitted by Drew)
“One morning, when I didn’t immediately wake up to see what my daughter (she was about 8 years old at the time) wanted, she went in her room for quite some time. She came back in my room and gave me this picture that shew drew of me to show me how mad she was.”
(submitted by Amy)
‘We threw a surprise 70th birthday party for my dad. We discovered that his cousin repurposed one of her son’s 30th birthday cards for my dad’s birthday present. She put stickers over the earlier message, but we were suspicious so we took them off only to find WhiteOut over a handwritten message. The first card came with a Starbucks gift card, my dad’s card was empty.”
(submitted by Sarah)
“Camp Nicaragua. This photo was taken around the same time as the political uprising that was going on in Nicaragua in the late 80s. Mother would tell people we were a bunch of refugees she had taken in.”
(submitted by Emily)
“My siblings were in a heated debate regarding what colors to wear for family pictures. My mom was sick of the argument so she said, ‘Just wear whatever!’….after my little brother and I showed up wearing this, she will never say that again.”
(submitted by Andy)
“This picture was taken by my Grandma. We had stopped to rest on an afternoon biking trip. Outside of that, there isn’t much more to say.”
(submitted by Kyle)
“I love this photo because there was no doubt in my mind that I looked absolutely awesome that day. This was my favorite look and I rocked it with zero shame. Incidentally, it would be years before a boy actually liked me, but I was too cool to care.”
(submitted by Amber)
“I’m about 2 or 3 in this photo… we were at a family friends wedding and apparently, my mom was having fun dancing and not paying attention to me. I bit her in the butt, legend has it that I drew blood. Another classic family story.”
(submitted by Cathe)