“From our family portrait session in 1991. Olan Mills gave us this photo at no additional charge. Guess who probably got a spanking later that evening.”
(submitted by James)
“This was in October, 1999. I thought it would be cute. My husband about killed me. I hired a professional photographer. We were in costume for over an hour. Husband drank beer to get through it. I can’t believe now that I did this. Also my daughter had just given herself a nice bang trim.”
(submitted by Tracy)
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)
“For Spring Kindergarten pictures, my normally photogenic son decided he wanted to ‘smile really, really hard!’ His words, not mine. Mission accomplished.”
(submitted by Erica)
“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)