Behind The Awkwardness
“Our (my brother Mark and I) goal in life was to be cool and nothing says cool like lounging on a car wearing a shirt from Wal-Mart before your “vacation” to the Huntsville Space and Rocket Center 45 minutes away from your house. Just check out the awkward goodness in this photo:
The Mullet. This was a compromise between my mother and I. She wanted me to have Mary Lou Rhetton hair and I wanted long hair like my classmates. The result? Feather-backed mullet goodness. That’s not a perm!
Blue Mirrored Clip-On Shades. I wore glasses, nice thick black with pink splatter glasses. I loved them but I, again, wanted the cool shades of my peers. Enter the oversized blue, mirrored clip on shades that would make any state trooper jealous. I wanted the ones that flipped up, but they were too expensive.
The Dick Tracy Shirt. Again, in a vain attempt to look cool, hip and in the know, my brother and I desperately wanted a Dick Tracy shirt. I’m pretty sure we had the Nintendo game too. Confession: I’ve never seen Dick Tracy. I just had the shirt.
The Yellow Socks. All the cool kids had colored socks! I always wanted colored socks, but was only allowed white. When we got the Dick Tracy shirt I knew it was my chance!
The Wrist Pouch. My brother was on the go, and by on the go, I mean playing with the tool bench behind us. So what’s a boy to do with no pockets in his red short shorts? Easily wear the 50 cents papaw gave you on your wrist.”
(submitted by Kelly)
“This is my family in the 90’s. We lived in Alaska at the time, so I guess my
parents thought our relatives would like to see us as Eskimos.”
(submitted by Ashley)
“Red-Headed Crying Girl: Just got kicked in the head by accident.
Father: Mad that his daughter is overreacting about getting hit in the head.
Mom: Fake smiling for the camera and trying to pretend everything is fine.
Brown Hair Girl (me) – Smiling at my sister because I know that this is going to make a great picture.”
(submitted by Kaitlin)
“This is a photo of my mom, my brother, myself, and my soon to be born younger brother. I’m awkwardly in the hockey equipment on the bottom left. A family friend talked mom into having us all pose for this photo. It went on to win some sort of award in a Newport, RI photo show. It also hung in our house while I was growing up, which made for some awkward moments when friends came over.”
(story submitted by Sean; photo courtesy of Kim Fuller at www.kimfullerphotography.com)
“My sister was home from the Peace Corps and brought us some traditional clothing from Ghana so we could send these photos back to her host family. Awkwardness ensued.”
(submitted by Ashleigh)
“This is me, in the awful probably homemade dress with my Dorothy Hamill haircut, the day my mom and stepfather got married. Clearly, I am thrilled. And so is my brother.”
(submitted by MeLaina)
“This is my dear friend. She had never been on a cruise before, and didn’t realize that they took your picture when you got out at each port. Naturally, since we had a 7:30 am excursion, she was a little disoriented when she was greeted with flashbulbs and men in native dress. Imagine her surprise when she saw this photo and realized that this lovely Sombrero wearing guy was getting a little souvenir for himself.”
(submitted by Amber)
“I recently photographed my sister-in-law’s wedding (my husband’s sister). I knew the window overlooked a part of the hotel’s roof, but I didn’t notice the workers until after I snapped a few pictures. When I got home and downloaded all the pictures, I couldn’t stop laughing when I saw this. Lucky for me she has a good sense of humor and allowed me to share it with you.”
(submitted by Laura)