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Behind The Awkwardness

She Bangs

“The day before school pictures 1984 my mom was complaining that I wore black too often (all the time). So after making myself beautiful on school picture day I grabbed an old white sweater vest out of her closet and wore it to school. She still was not pleased with my school photos. Wonder why?”

(submitted by Mara)

Tick Tick Boom

“My (then) fiance (now new hubby!) and I decided to compile childhood pictures for a slideshow to have at our recent wedding reception.  When going through his stack of photos, nothing could have prepared me for this gem I came across! And to my surprise, he thought it was an awesome picture and wondered why I was laughing so hard!  (His words – “That is a really cool picture – I love that picture!” )  I still don’t understand what a ladder and boom-box have to do with beachwear. And why is he posing like a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model?”

(submitted by Rebeka)

Baggy

“Mom decided to save money on costumes that “you only wear once.” She tied trash bags on my brother and I and stuffed them with newspaper, smeared brown eye shadow on our faces and pasted big signs on our chests that said TRASH.”

(submitted by Michelle)

Backseat Rider

Christmas of 1982.  I was 2 years old and obviously not the favorite child.  My only option was to take a “back seat” to my sister, Meghan (age 5) if I wanted to sled ride, even if it meant riding on my stomach down the slope.  Apparently this was seemed like a safe idea to my dad (pictured) and my mom who snapped this shot!  This picture pretty much sums up the next 30 years of my life.

(submitted by Kristin)

Merry Christmas from AFP!

“This was taken back in 1971 when I was about 18 months old. My grandmother had one of our cousins dress up as Santa to surprise me and my aunt (who is holding me). I’m not sure what happened to Santa on the way over…..looks like he was run over by one of his reindeer. I think this is where I got my early love of all things scary :)”

(submitted by Heather)

Tape

“My father took this picture of my brothers and I. He’s from Slovakia and English is his second language. Maybe he couldn’t read the sign.”

(submitted by Jessica)

Mawmaw

“We found this in an old family photo album over Thanksgiving.  That’s my great-grandmother… that’s a sausage… and that’s a vibrating bed. Yep.”

(submitted by Emily)

Made To Fit

“This 1984 picture was the result of a Christmas I really wanted to make memorable ! Just two days before Christmas, I set out to make clothes to fit the scene so that the four of us could pose in a family Christmas picture. Since my little girl, Christina, was in her terrible twos rarely setting still for pictures at all, and our six year old son Justin, wasn’t quite as easily persuaded to pose for pictures as he use to be, I just had to take action to preserve our happy faces sharing the moment at Christmastime. This was the first and the last time I could capture a silly, but warm and tender setting with all four of us posing in a holiday picture. Today, this is “our” all time favorite family Christmas picture… and boy would I love to re-create this now that our children have grown!”

(submitted by Dianne)

Countdown To Halloween: It’s Never Too Early

“Halloween 1990. My sister and I are dressed as brides. I’m 5, my sister is 3. My mom made the costumes to reflect her high hopes for our futures.”

(submitted by Averie)

The Drop

“I am that white blob on the table. My grandfather dropped me and my mother captured the action perfectly. Look how much my siblings care about me. My brother is raising the roof, my sister is telling him to raise it higher, and my grandmother is too absorbed by my little sister.”

(submitted by Kristen)