Behind The Awkwardness

Neverland - Behind The Awkwardness

Neverland

“I’ve played the harp since I was seven. We hosted a recital at our house for all my teacher’s students, which is why there are three harps in the room. But there are so many things I can’t explain about this. Why am I wearing the shirt and hat from my Peter Pan costume from Halloween about five years earlier? Why am I only wearing the top half of this costume, paired with black jeans tucked into weird ankle boots? Why am I wearing a liter of lipstick at the age of nine? Why did I ever have that haircut? The world may never know.”

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The Chug

“This is a picture of my family on Easter sometime in the 90’s. I’m on the right with the stonewashed pink pants, mullet to match my older brother’s. The only thing in this picture that focuses the awkwardness away from me is my Grandpa in the next room slamming what I hope to be his first Easter beer of the day because if memory serves me correctly, we always took our pictures before church”

(submitted by Phil)

Potty Mouth - Behind The Awkwardness

Potty Mouth

This picture was taken at my wedding, which took place outdoors and yes we did have a port-a-potty for our guests. My uncle was the photographer and this was a sign of his “professionalism.”

(submitted by Katie)

Sausage For Dinner - Behind The Awkwardness

Sausage For Dinner

At least, I think it’s a sausage. This is my mother and two of her sisters-in-law. My dad is taking the picture, and it looks like they are competing for his attention each in her own way.”

(submitted by Blueberry)

Drive-Thru Safari - Behind The Awkwardness

Drive-Thru Safari

“This photo of my family was taken at one of those drive-through safari places in the 80s. My brother thought the politically incorrect “tribesmen” were real and was terrified. My mom hates snakes. I’m the one with the live snake (yes, it’s real) around my neck and although I love them, I’m struggling because it was a lot heavier than me. And my Dad? He’s just excited that his shorts are shorter than my mom’s.”

(submitted by Kirsten)

That’s Not A Hat - Babies

That’s Not A Hat

“Stuck my head in a toilet and got stuck! Had to be cut off with gardening shears.”

(submitted by Taylin)

Some QT - Behind The Awkwardness

Some QT

“My dad had promised to take me to a really sweet park if I went on errands with him and last minute he thought I’d rather see the the Mississippi dam instead.”

(submitted by Olivia)

The Cousins - Behind The Awkwardness

The Cousins

“This is me and my cousins at Christmas 1999; I am the one in the middle sporting the glasses, cool choker necklace, and lovely khaki ensemble. My Grandpa made all of these boxes by hand for us for Christmas. Some of us were happier about them than others.”

(submitted by Mallory)

Shear Elegance - Behind The Awkwardness

Shear Elegance

“I recently snapped a friend of mine at a shearing competition with his family, The sheep looks a bit dead but its actually got its fleece half shawn off. I think its a timeless snapshot, awkward but enchanting.”

(submitted by Tony)

Simon Says - Behind The Awkwardness

Simon Says

“This is my stepdad, Simon, doing a handstand on a trash bin while wearing leopard-print Speedos. I have a friend in England who collects pictures of people in/on trash bins and so we took this for him. The speedo & handstand were Simon’s ideas.”

“Simon doing a faceplant on a trash bin, shortly after doing the handstand.”

(submitted by Heather)