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Behind The Awkwardness

Merry Christmas Baby

“This is my brother and I at Christmas, 1965. I was only 6 months old and my brother obviously thought I was annoying, if not repulsive.”

(submitted by Angela)

Bringing Home Baby

“This is my parents leaving my grandmothers house after staying there for a month after I was born! My mother didn’t believe she actually could take care of me alone, at 28 years old! That’s my grandmom locking the door in the background! Thankfully they turned out to be good parents!”

(submitted by Melanie)

The Chug

“This is a picture of my family on Easter sometime in the 90’s. I’m on the right with the stonewashed pink pants, mullet to match my older brother’s. The only thing in this picture that focuses the awkwardness away from me is my Grandpa in the next room slamming what I hope to be his first Easter beer of the day because if memory serves me correctly, we always took our pictures before church.”

(submitted by Phil)

Hockey Mom

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)

The Christening

“This was my Christening, June 1971. I’m the baby obviously, my Godmother is holding me, my parents are next to her. Their hideous outfits aren’t the “awkward” part of this photo. In the background, my grandmother is pulling my sister’s hair while my brother is recovering from a smack! All of this right on the front steps of a church.”

(submitted by Debbie)

The Shady Bunch

“While we were never the type of family to sit for a studio portrait, someone stumbled across a coupon and decided to give it a shot. Mind you, this is the ONE AND ONLY family portrait we ever took. I am on the bottom left with the too-big-for-my-face white fashion glasses and the poorly chopped bangs and I vaguely recall that we had a family meeting and decided to try and look “cool” — hence the sunglasses and the emotionless faces. I’m not sure what’s more entertaining: the fact that no one is wearing sleeves? Or that there is an honest to God ALF t-shirt being worn in all seriousness?”

(submitted by Erin)

Three Of A Kind

“Our middle child was terrified of having her picture taken so this attempt to get a portrait of all 3 kids utterly failed.”

(submitted by Melody)

Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

“Here I am at 3 years old. Yes that is a fur coat, a snowman with 2 pennies for eyes and Pee-Wee Herman waiting for me at the bottom of the slide.  I promise I’m half way normal now.”

(submitted by Kim)

Seeing Is Believing

“This miraculous photo is of my darling dear mother, in the 80’s, with what is obviously a cutout of the great Thomas Sullivan Magnum. The best part of this photo is the glasses, but, the second best part is the fact that my mom refuses to admit that it is a cutout.”

(submitted by Brian)

Pit Stop

“Every summer, we drove from Southern California to Iowa. Every summer, the car broke down.”

(submitted by Ginger)