Behind The Awkwardness

Lost In Translation

“This is a photo of my friend Samantha. it’s her fifth birthday and her first bday in america. At the time, her mom couldn’t read English very well, so she got a “Happy Anniversary” banner.”

(submitted by Michael)

Passport Photos

“This is me and my family (I’m the kid on the right) taken probably around ’88. My dad was taking passport photos of himself and my mom, and they had to try a few shots to get the size just right. Since he didn’t want to waste any film, he had us sit on the couch for the whole photo-shoot.”

(submitted by Reuben)

Backstabber

“I was home for the Holiday’s after I joined the Navy and completed boot camp. My father thought we should have a family portrait. My brother picked up a knife and held it over my unsuspecting father’s head.”

(submitted by Mark)

S’more Please

“My mother forced us to wear a giant HOME-MADE s’more costume to our family’s halloween party. No one was happy about it. Except her. I got stuck being the marshmallow made of an appetizing hula-hoop and sheet.”

(submitted by Kari)

Gone Fishin’

“This is the picture that Aunt Mar sent out in her Christmas cards to everyone with the words, ‘after 30 min of fishing…’ written on the back.”

(submitted by Amanda)

The Waiting Game

“This is a photo of my brother and I playing “Trouble.” Some buy travel-sized board games for traveling, others have them for extended lonesome periods of time in the washroom.”

(submitted by Christina)

Crappy Birthday

“This must have been my 10th or 11th birthday. It was a custom that the cousins would give out the birthday spankings, but apparently it got a little rough. I think I look terrified. It’s like a scene out of “Lord of the Flies.” Notice the John Travolta poster in the background, and the fact that my brother is laughing maniacally and holding a leather belt.”

(submitted by Vanessa)

The Ice Storm

“My grandparents immigrated to the U.S. from Switzerland. On a family trip back to their homeland, they posed for this photo in front of a glacier. Armed with ice picks and standing in the arms of a stranger dressed in a polar bear suit, the photo leaves just one question: What do polar bears have to do with Switzerland?”

(submitted by Tim)