Summer At The Lake

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“Our daughter had rebellious teen years. Now 26 and a successful young adult, this (and similar) pictures make wonderful blackmail material.”

 7993 Votes

Submitted by Mary Ellen Lathrop

48 Responses to “Summer At The Lake”

  1. LARRY KEMP says:


  2. I, too was that girl! says:

    I was the punk rock girl in my family photos- with all of my teenage angst- managed to look like I had a rotten attitude even with no hair/makeup/alternative clothes!
    HAHAHA- I am now a homeschooling mom of 5 and married to a minister!- still love a little drama to my look, tho-
    keep your chin up parents of attitude infused teens!
    I’m sure she is a wonderful girl and a great family- all the best!

  3. Nancy says:

    Awkward phase to say the least!

  4. Roger Cheatham says:

    A big thumbs up to a very special family.

  5. Rebecca says:

    Best of luck , GREAT picture, it’s the WINNER!!!!

  6. Bridgit says:

    This is fanfu*****tastic! I hope you guys win! It’s well deserved.

  7. Joanna says:

    I love it!! I have 2 daughters and I can only hope if they go through a stage like this we will all be able to laugh about it later! I hope you all win!! :)

  8. Joyce says:

    I have a teenage daugher. I understand completely!
    I hope you win.

  9. gloria says:

    something all mothers with teenage daughters can relate have my vote.good luck to you

  10. Moo says:

    This is by far the best photo! I hope you win!!

  11. Chylece Head says:


    I heard about Mary Ellen’s teenage daughter’s ‘phase’ during casual conversation with Mary Ellen (at the time I had ‘soon-to-be’ teenagers) and she warned me about the upcoming teen years and told me a little about this particular daughter. This photo IS authentic. Besides – why photoshop when you have the real thing?? I’m sure Mary Ellen has LOTS more stories and photos to share… and given her awesome personality and sense of humor, if we ask I’m sure she’d share more photos like this one. Or at least I’m hoping so. :)

  12. Dad says:

    Absolutely incorrect, Jason, but thanks for the accusation. Photo is totally legit. We have others from this same trip, where she’s fishing (in full regalia), etc. Perhaps when playing spoiler, you should get your facts straight first.

  13. sister on the left says:

    Aww…if only some of those years could be photoshopped out of my childhood. Sorry, but this one is authentic.

  14. The Mom in the Blue Sweatshirt says:

    Sorry – its real. Feel free to pick your own funniest, and give it your votes if it doesn’t amuse you.

    If you read through the comments, you will see several from relatives, including some actually in the picture.

    BTW – If you think this is unreal, you should have seen her out on the boat, fishing, in the same outfit. I can’t remember if we caught anything.

  15. Proud Aunt of Goth Niece says:

    Sorry Jason, but you’re 100% incorrect. That’s my awesome niece and that is exactly what she wore during that summer. You can ask all of the residents of the small Wisconsin town where my dad had his cabin–they certainly noticed when she hit the fudge shop or the ice cream store.

  16. Suze says:

    Hey, Jason–I’m her aunt-in-law and I REMEMBER her goth phase…you don’t know this family. I currently have Tequila Sunrise pink, orange and red hair. Don’t mess with us…we may have weird hair and make-up, but we’re a lot of fun! NO PHOTOSHOP needed, thank you!

    • Stephanie Kohler says:

      *thumbs up* We are a lot of fun and scarey when you get a group of us together. The 8 hour drive north at xmas is worth it just to see Phil and Mary Ellen.

  17. Susan says:

    This photo had me at the ghostly girl in black. Voted my 5 times! :)

  18. Pat Breading says:

    This is hilarious. I really had a good laugh. I remember when you were going thru
    those years. Happy Ava is doing well now. I voted my 5 times!! Love, Aunt Pat

  19. Sarah says:

    … Am I the only one that doesn’t understand why this is so popular?

  20. Laura Shoemaker says:

    I know these wonderful people and they did go through some hellacious times but they manage to make lemonade out of sour times because that young lady knew her parents loved her, no matter what. And always kept a sense of humor.

  21. Louise Kohler says:

    You have my vote…like the song said…”Those were the years my friend, we thought never end”. As the sister in-law, here was the model for dysfunctional child of the year (s). Each day brought a unique challenge. And we thought…..”they were never end”.

    But they did, and today Ava is a functioning member of society. She gets up and goes to work everyday and pays her taxes. She is going to be married soon, and enter the land of “Happily Ever After”.

  22. Jody says:

    You must save that to show the grandchildren when mom get’s on their cases! There’s at least one in every family, glad you both survived the phase.

  23. rw says:

    I actually ran in a goth crowd in high school, and I still travel in a more alternative circle and I still quite can’t figure out what it is that this girl is trying to do with her make up job. I’ve never seen anything quite like this.

  24. Mic C says:

    Voting for this one. Those parents deserve a vacation for surviving those years. Or maybe the teen is lucky she did.

  25. Suze says:

    Even though I’m only related by marriage, I must say this is one family I enjoy being associated with. You better win this damn contest – that is an outrageously wonderful pic!

  26. Sylvia says:

    I like the way they have to explain that she’s a successful young adult now! Maybe they told her “You think we’re embarrasing? Get in the picture!”

  27. Stephanie Kohler says:

    Oh god I’m saving this in my family folder. I love you guys.

  28. Debbie Gibbs Sloan says:

    Okay….perhaps some strange fashion sense.

  29. Debbie Gibbs Sloan says:

    Not sure just what to say…kind of reminds me of a couple weird girls I saw yesterday at Paneras. Glad to hear she outgrew the “awkward” stage.

  30. Judy says:

    Reminds me of that old Sesame Street song: “One of these things is not like the others…..”

  31. Chylece Head says:

    Hands down, this is the winner. I have just ruined my makeup because I have tears streaming down my face, I’m laughing so hard.

  32. Sue says:

    This is simply the best, I have nothing to compete with it.

  33. Marsha says:

    I love AFP. You look at the title, you scan the picture…hmm…why is this awkward?
    That guy’s normal. Normal. Normal. Ohhhh, THERE’s the reason…

  34. Kelly says:

    hahahaha “remember that time you were a cat/mime?”

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