We’re sure you have a lot of questions about our photos, and we do too. We interviewed Chris, the owner of this photo, to get more of the story. Welcome to Awkward Q&A!
Okay, so, what’s the story here?
This is a photo of my brother holding his new daughter. My daughter was standing behind the couch hugging my brother and it looks like his head is on her body. You can also see my other daughter on the couch next to them, and my Dad looking on. It was taken in 1985 at my home in Edina MN. The daughter sitting on the couch just moved and found this picture as she was sorting things. We all had a good laugh over it.
What’s the gift on the floor, and who was it for?
The gift was for the baby and included exact same floral patterns as the couch in the case it ripped.
Speaking of floral prints, was everything in that room floral print?
Is the couch still in the family?
The couch now belongs to the baby, who is grown. She is hoping for her own kids soon so she can pass it on and out of her house.
Let’s move on to your Dad. What’s that stain on his shirt?
Barbecue sauce from the wings he was eating earlier. I think the stain looks like The Virgin Mary when you are really close to it. For that reason the shirt, was never washed.
What is in that can on the end table?
Hauenstein Beer. My Dad had it with the wings. Only the best for us!
Do people ever confuse your brother with Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride?
Not yet, but he currently does a musical review of Tony Orlando and Dawn at a Minneapolis American Legion on weekends!
Well played, Chris. Well played.
(submitted by Chris)
“I found these while going through old photo albums this weekend. Halloween 1979, I was a canvas for my older sister’s creativity. And clearly, I was thrilled about it. And yes, clowns freak me out 37 years later!”
(submitted by Kyle)
“I lived in Luxembourg as a kid so my family did a lot of traveling in the five years we lived there. I was going through some old family photos this weekend and found the ones from our trip to Italy. In looking through the pictures, it was obvious that my siblings and I were not happy campers on this trip as we all refused to smile in every picture. However, this picture and the look on my face says it all! I’m sure my Dad thought it was hilarious to have his eight-year-old daughter pose in front of a fat naked man sitting on a turtle.
The statue is ‘The Fountain of Bacchus’, sculpted in 1560 by Valerio Cioli. He used Duke Cosimo I’s court dwarf as the model for Bacchus. If you want to see the statue today, or take your own picture with it, it’s at the Boboli Gardens in Florence, Italy.”
(submitted by Shelly)
“This is a school assignment I completed when I was six years old. I blame my artistic choices on my five older brothers, and I was under the impression that ‘voting’ meant cheering your leaders in battle. The best part is that this was published in the school year book.”
(submitted by Ariel)
“My mother must have ransacked the Sears catalog to purchase these Sears Tuffskins maroon denim outfits (with white top-stitching) for all five of us kids. She got matching outfits for herself and Dad, who aren’t in the photo. Then we all went to Six Flags Over Georgia, where we were mistaken for – on multiple occasions – either a gospel group or a a country music band. As the eldest child (12) and only girl…I was completely mortified and spent most of the day dragging 20 feet behind my family. Flash forward 44 years and it is now my brothers’ and my most ‘precious’ (and totally hilarious) memory! Embrace the awkward!”
(submitted by Pat)
“My six-year-old daughter scribbled this note about her little brother, then stuffed in my hand an hour after she had a snack. It reads: ‘It’s just that everyone pays attention to Jay, not me so no one pays attention to me, so people don’t feed me that much.’ She was apparently starved for more than just attention.”
(submitted by Sara)
“While I was having a photo shoot, my mother decided it would be totally acceptable to have the photographer take photos of her and my brother creepin’ through the weird window in this photo. As you can tell, I was pissed and didn’t want to have anything to do with this picture. This picture has been making me, family and friends laugh since 1995! Thanks Madre!”
(submitted by Mercedes)
“This is my Mom and her two sisters when they were all flight attendants, apparently doing some pro bono advertising for Tums––and possibly a food review for the in-flight meal at the same time.”
(submitted by James)
“My Mom has always been a creative sewer. Back in the early 70’s she thought dressing the family alike in the cool, trendy flag cloth would be a great idea. Note the awesome brown polyester pants and cool white belts sported by the guys! And little me on my father’s knee! This picture has been out of the family’s eye for decades and I recently dug it out of somewhere. I showed it to my Mom and her reaction was “Good lord, what was I thinking?” That got a huge chuckle from me!”
(submitted by Ann)