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Behind The Awkwardness

Burn It Like Beckham

“It was travel soccer that year and a family photographer thought the flame was a good idea.”

(submitted by Elliot)

Killer Clown

“Circa 1990, I was in first grade and I came down with a stomach flu. My Mom had purchased tickets to take my brother and I to the circus before I fell ill. The night we went ended up being the best I’d felt in days, but she probably shouldn’t have taken me. We get there, it’s fun, we’re watching everything. Then she wants a refreshment so we go up to the beverage stand and see this jolly killer clown posing for professional photos. My Mom asked us if we wanted our photo taken and between my 3-year-old brother and my flu-induced stoicism, she took that for an affirmative response. You can see our shear discomfort, I wouldn’t call it “terror” because no one is crying. But I think we knew that if we made a wrong move during that photo, we’d be put into cocoons to be harvested and eaten at a later time.

Bonus- after we returned to our seats, I dry heaved repeatedly (I’d eaten some orange circus peanuts) in the aisle way of the arena, to the sheer HORROR of the patrons behind us. That is when we left.”

(submitted by Chelsea)

Lonebrow

“My 5th grade school picture. No one realized until today that I had one eyebrow shaved off. I think it was my sister who shaved it off.”

(submitted by tehanthomas)

Drunk In Love

“They are still in love now as they were 40 years ago (and probably just as drunk). Here’s proof.”

(submitted by Cindy)

Yeah Yeah Yeah

“This is a photo of me (front left), my little brother (front right), my older sister and her older boyfriend taken in her bedroom sometime in summer 1984. I know the era because of the Van Halen posters on the wall and the RUSH pins on my shirt. I don’t remember why we posed for this picture- and I REALLY don’t know why my little brother and I look like we’re modeling for young punk magazine! It’s a strange little scene there. The Van Halen posters really crack me up.”

(submitted by Steve)

Birthday On The Rocks

“This is my 6th birthday party and yes that’s a bottle of Vodka my mom had to put down in order to plop my birthday cake on the table (yes there is no plate under it). This is also the same day I learned to make my mom her screwdrivers. Ahhh, the 70’s in Brooklyn were great.”

(submitted by Joe)

All About The Pants

“In 1990, I was in the Marine Corps and our family only had a few days together. We wanted to “remember” this date. Mission accomplished! We should have been arrested for child abuse. As we walked across the parking lot towards the portrait studio, people laughed, right out loud! Now THERE was a clue!”

(submitted by Steve)

Confessions Of A Mother

“Every vacation, I make my family do some kind of photo that I know they will hate or will be embarrassed to do.”

(submitted by Tiffany)

Pink Floyd

“This is what happens in my family if you forget your swimsuit.”

(submitted by Nora)

Care Bear

“Just my dad with a Hitler ‘stache and Care Bear cake.”

(submitted by Gregory)