I Had Awkward Years…And So Did You.

About two years ago my brother-in-law got his hands on one of my photo albums, where I put miscellaneous pictures that I don’t know what else to do with.  He was casually rummaging through the pages commenting here and there, until he stopped on one picture in particular, and proceeded to burst out into hysterical laughter.  I said, “What?  What are you laughing at?  Show me!”  He pulled the picture out of the photo jacket and there it was.  The. Most. Awkward. Picture. Of. Me. Ever.  “I knew I should have destroyed this when I had the chance!” I said, slipping it back into its place in the album and closing it shut.

Rewind a few months earlier to when my mother was having discovery of her own.  She found the same infamous picture at my family’s home back in Michigan while cleaning out the garage.  The day she found it, she called to inform me of her finding.  When I answered the phone and said, “Hello?” All I heard on the other end was my mother’s laughter.  “What?” I asked, “What is so funny?”  When my mom finally stopped laughing she said, “I found the funniest picture of you ever!”  I asked her to describe the picture to me, and once she mentioned the mustard colored B.U.M. Equipment sweatshirt I was wearing in it (which by the way was a staple in my wardrobe at age 9), I knew exactly what picture she was talking about.  I told her I wanted to see it for myself, so she mailed it to me.

The day it came in the mail, I opened the envelope and pulled out the picture, and I couldn’t help it, I started laughing, too.  “Had I really been that awkward?!” I asked myself.  Later that night I showed it to Matt and he said, “Ha!  You still make that face!”  I snatched it back from him, to get a closer look.  “I do?” I asked, analyzing it.  “No way.”  I held the picture out, tilting my head to the side, as if it might help me see myself hidden somewhere in my nine-year old body more clearly.  “I’m going to destroy this thing,” I suddenly said at once, ready to tear it in half.  “No, you can’t.  Those are memories,” Matt said.  As I flipped the picture over, and saw my late grandfather’s handwriting, I thought better of it, and decided to not make the rip.  Not knowing what else to do with it, I stuck it behind another picture in my photo album and forgot about it.  That is, until it was uncovered a few months later.

So, what do you do with your most awkward picture ever?  I can’t necessarily destroy the thing, it wouldn’t be right, and it’s bound to be discovered again…and again…

At this point, the only thing I see fitting is to own this picture, and my awkwardness, and everything else that was inelegant about my most clumsy years.

Yes, I’ve decided to unveil it.

Drum roll, please.

The pink and purple moon boots are a nice touch, eh?

So, there you have it…my most awkward picture ever.

C’mon you all were awkward, too, right?

~The End.

Photos by awkwardme.com.

50 thoughts on “I Had Awkward Years…And So Did You.

  1. Here’s a good one for you.. My mom told me the other day that she hand made me a Christmas sweatshirt in the 80s. It said HO in real big letters with “repeat 3 times” in small print below. Real cute huh? I bet it was in puff paint too.

  2. Awesome. I wore B.U.M. too! I remember getting a matching maroon sweatshirt and sweatpants one Christmas (heck, yes!).
    I also vaguely remember a picture of myself, probably around 7 or 8, in which I’m wearing a white long sleeve shirt, with black stirrup pants with a striped black-and-white stocking hat on my head and I’m pulling it straight up in the air. Oh, those were the days…

      • SO bad! Especially because I thought it was so great. I actually wore the set to my aunt’s house for Christmas dinner because it was a new “outfit” I got. Ugh!

  3. I have a handful or more of those pictures, especially the 9 to 13 year old age range – YIKES! I remember the shirt that my mom bought me for my 7th or 8th grade school pic – some kind of flannel with weird looking cats all over it as well as rocking the worst perm I ever had. Then in High School I was rocking those BIG BANGS – you know what I am talking about – think early 90s. I have and continue to have awkward years – ha! Thanks for sharing and Have a Great Evening:)

    • Oh, you mean mall bangs?! I am secretly hoping mall bangs come back for round two in 10 years or so, just because it would be so funny to see them again. Like an old friend, ya know? Haha.

  4. I’m still in my awkward years. I want to be 20 already. DX
    But you passed those awkward years and turned out to be a very beautiful woman, haha. 😀

  5. At least your childhood wasn’t in the 70’s – I’ve got pics where I’m wearing the craziest plaid pants and shirts that have no business being together, yet my mom picked this stuff out for us! Thank God my teen years were the 80’s… oh, should I not mention my Corey Hart/spiked hair and shades phase? lol. It was Ethel Barrymore who said, “You grow up the day you have your first real laugh… at yourself.” Couldn’t agree more. Congrats on coming clean with your picture! 🙂

    • Are you kidding, the 70’s pics are the best, and I love all the plaid pants from that era. By the way, you always share the best quotes!

      • Ok then, that’s the next pic you post – you in some VERY plaid pants – the big stripes please, lol. Good thing that fashion trends come and go. It was Thomas Jefferson who said, “On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock.” 🙂

  6. My 7th grade year my hair was wider than it was tall – yes indeed, I was the girl sportin’ the old lady ‘do at school. I felt fugly the whole year, and looking back at pictures from that year, I can totally see why. My Dad tells me it was normal & I was normal…I don’t believe him. LOL

    • Can I just say, I love that you used the word ‘fugly’? If we are saying fugly, then let me just state that I was in a state of fugly for 8 to 10 years! Haha!

  7. Ten facts (hope this isn’t too long)
    1. I look ten times more awkward playing flute
    2. That’s why I’m ditching
    3. You don’t look that awkward
    4. You still look like you
    5. I like your shoes
    7. Nice shirt
    9. No one noticed I skipped #6
    10. You’re checking
    11. I also skipped #8
    12. You’re checking… again…
    13. There’s only supposed to be ten facts :/
    Believe me, I’m way more awkward…

    • Wait, you like my shoes?! You cannot possibly be talking about the infamous moon boots…can you? Well, if so, thank you!…I think!

  8. Yes, I DID have awkward years, and they laugh in the face of your awkward picture!! I was called a boy 2-3 times. I can recall two times for sure, but I must’ve blocked out the other (if it really happened).

    • Oh no, I hate when people are so dense that they mistakenly call boys-girls and vise versa. I apologize on whoevers behalf!

  9. Hilarious! Thanks for sharing your awkward moment, it isn’t easy to acknowledge these moments. As a teen in the 80s I had plenty of awkward moments, one of the most cringeworthy photos was taken in 1989 when I was at my High School end of year formal dance, looking back I think I look like a drag queen but at the time I felt quite glamorous 🙂

    • You are right, it isn’t easy to acknowledge these awkward moments. I used to hide that picture, and others too, but I am ready to let my freak flag fly!

  10. I admit it. I chuckled out loud. Twice. This was awesome because the way it came up on google reader I could read the whole story with only the very top of the picture in sight, no awkwardness revealed. Then as I scrolled down it just got better. The clarinet, followed by the moon points. It’s completely awesome. Thanks for sharing.

    • Ahhhhahaha! That was me laughing right there along with you, too! The moon boots were a nice touch to an otherwise only semi-awkward picture….Ha!

  11. What?! No head gear or glasses? The moon boots make up for it though. My first thought was that they looked a lot like the corrective braces a friend wore when we were kids. Glad they were “just” moon boots, although the braces might have gotten you some more awkward cred. 🙂

    • I actually agree with you, some braces might have sent this pic over the edge…but the moon boots kinda make up for it…at least I think!

  12. I was sooooo awkward (and still kind of am, ha). I also have a dorky picture where I’m playing the clarinet, but I’m all decked out in a uniform and am a few years older than you are in your picture….yep, a high school band geek.
    Your photo is all sorts of adorable, actually!

    • Aw, thanks!;) I was also an awkward ‘thespian’ in high school…I should have mentioned that! Ah, band geeks and theater nerds…we are one in the same!

  13. LOVE it! LOVE! Ahh… you are the queen of hilarity. Yes, you must have known back 18 or so years ago that this pic would make your blog that much more AWESOME by sharing how awkward we ALL were at some point in our life… Sooo Cute! Cute!

  14. haha This reminded me of a similar moment I had recently – a couple of months ago a friend from school met me for coffee with a surprise- a photo from Hallowe’en when we were kids where I had been allowed to make my own costume.

    “Awkward” doesn’t even begin to cover it. But kudos to my mom for encouraging me to express myself… 🙂

    Besides, it was the 80’s. Everyone was awkward and a little silly-looking. 🙂 x

    • Yes, this is true, I think everyone had awkward years at some point!…Maybe children of the 80’s had them a little bit more!:)

  15. To be honest, it doesn’t look all that bad, trust me! 🙂 And like Matt said, however awkward you think it looks, it will always be a photo that’s part of your memories. 🙂 One that you will enjoy looking at every now and then, I guess (since it always makes you laugh so much!). 🙂 It reminded me of all those awkward photos of mine!

  16. Clarinet? Tried it for 3 months then cracked all my reeds on purpose. Got a flat top and MASSIVE glasses. That made it all come together for me……eeeeesh. ~Regards, Dan

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