Behind The Awkwardness

Snow Day - Babies

Snow Day

“This is a picture of little me on my first real snow day. What compelled my mother to buy this snowsuit, let alone dress me in it and bring me out in public, I have no idea.”

(submitted by Kelly)

Get Into The Groovy - Behind The Awkwardness

Get Into The Groovy

“This was taken in the Fall of 1970.  My dad was studying for a PhD in Theatre, so he was taking a costuming class.  For some reason, he decided that it would be a good idea to make the family matching outfits.  Apparently, I was the only one brave enough to show my true feelings.”

(submitted by Milaka)

East Germany - Behind The Awkwardness

East Germany

“With relatives in West Germany (before the reunification in 1989), we were in the lucky position to get some Levis jeans or damn hot fake snakeskin pants, like me (in fact we get only the old worn out and ugly stuff from them).”

(submitted by Marcus in Germany)

Christmas Pig - Behind The Awkwardness

Christmas Pig

“Cubans butcher and eat a pork on Christmas eve. This is my grandpa making me pose with the remains of dinner while he talked to it! He was a big joker. I was horrified.”

(submitted by Maria)

Married On The 4th Of July - Behind The Awkwardness

Married On The 4th Of July

“This is my older sister Angela’s wedding. They were wearing the hats because our mother said they made everyone look elegant. My sister had a 4th of July wedding because she is a redneck at heart and that is the reason of the red, white, and blue flowers and streamers. Oh, and one of the flowers girls had just puked.”

(submitted by Terri)

Out Of The Picture - Behind The Awkwardness

Out Of The Picture

“My grandma wasn’t too happy when my dad and my step-mom got divorced. She decided the best way to handle it was to cut her out, literally. I am the one to the right feeling a little left out.”

(submitted by Amber)

Captain Hooked - Behind The Awkwardness

Captain Hooked

“This is my husband and I the night of our wedding. His “friends” thought it would be funny to put a fish hook on the steering wheel of the car, because I “HOOKED” him. In our celebratory state he got the hook stuck in his hand. We had to go to the ER to get it removed and he had to get a tetanus shot. The ER staff took this picture and gave us back the hook to keep.”

(submitted by Becky)

Spit It Out - Babies

Spit It Out

“Seemingly unaware that me (the baby) was about to spit up, my sister (yes, she looks like a boy, pre-donny osmond I suppose) holds that completely straight face through the whole picture…even with the wet stickiness on her arm.  I guess my mom should have tried harder to burp me before they took pictures.”

(submitted by Megan)

Pretty In Pink 5 - Behind The Awkwardness

Pretty In Pink 5

“In the fall of ’85, when I was a junior in high school, a new, slick student asked me to go to Homecoming. I was smitten and immediately said yes. After my mother bought me a rather expensive (and fluffy) dress, the slick boy of my dreams asked someone else and dumped me. I was embarrassed and heartbroken. A few days later one of the nicest and most popular seniors in the entire school asked me to go to homecoming in the hall. While it was painfully obvious that he had been roped into it by a parent or my bigger brother, I agreed to his self-sacrifice. We ended up double-dating with one of the girls in my class and her senior boyfriend, and I had a wonderful time. He even kissed me good night, in that polite, “you weren’t a bad pity day” sort of way that good guys do.

John, wherever you are, you were my red-headed knight in shining armor. And sunglasses. So no one knew it was you who was with me. I bet you turned out wonderfully.”

(submitted by Daphne)

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Waxed - Behind The Awkwardness

Waxed

“My father and his soon-to-be-wife. There is no explanation needed.”

(submitted by Hannah)