Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Photographic Evidence

For those of you who might have thought I overstated my awkwardness and my sister's beauty in yesterday's post, let's take a trip back to the 80's for a little photo fun:


Note: My cousin and grandma were not harmed in the making of this photo. My self-esteem was.

43 comments:

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i am totally cracking up right now... your caption was pretty awesome!

Anonymous said...

My daughter is going through a very hard time -- low self esteem. I showed her your picture. And I said, do you see how beautiful this woman is? She said yes. I said, can you believe she thinks there is something wrong with her nose.. she said no. I said, I am showing you this, so you understand how much harder we are on ourselves than others are (usually!). I think we all go through those stages in life. I bet your own sister felt that way about herself, too. But you truly are beautiful -- inside and out now. And you might have just helped a 14 year old girl that seems to find flaws in every single part of her being see that we are not perfect... thankfully... no one is. Although, I think she thought you were pretty close! :o)

Elizabeth said...

How funny, you needed to post evidence! Well, your face is as pretty as your sister's...you just needed to let your locks grow out to "Farrah Fawcett" length.

Christy said...

I had that same (awful) haircut. And mine was actually permed. UGH.

I think you and I were what they call late bloomers. xoxo

A Speckled Trout said...

My sister was always mistaken for Marie Osmond. In my case.....Joanie from Happy Days.

Sigh.

Sunny said...

Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!

:) You are beautiful, Anna.

Jennifer said...

Oh my - you could have been my twin - except that I had coke bottle glasses to boot. Ugh. Funny though, looking at the picture of you I would not say that there is anything wrong with you at all - but pictures of myself at that age still make me cringe a little. It's all in the perspective. I have found that the ugly duckling feeling of adolescence tends to stick with a person - even after others say that you have grown up into a swan - as you surely have :)

Child of God said...

Beautiful! You are beautiful!! :)

Seriously!
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Anonymous said...

That's not you in that photo, that's me! We had the exact same look going on there, circa what, 1983, 1984?

You are both beautiful. So is Grandma.

love,
jbhat

L said...

OK, blog peeps. You MUST know that Anna has aged far better than I have. Seriously. I hope she never posts a pic of me in my braces....

Anne said...

Anna,
That's not fair is any photo from the 80's really a good one.Let's not even go there.My photos UGH.Seriously what was I thinking.And you BOTH were beautiful.She looks like she was older and may have displayed more confidence at the time.I could have used some of that confidence back then too ;-)
Anne

Meredith Self said...

Hahaha. Sweet!

My sister (younger): using curling iron
Me: what's that?

Sister: leather jacket
Me: what's that?

Sister: brand name xyz jeans & everything
Me: I still don't know brand names

Sister: brand name purses, purses, purses
Me: my jeans have a pocket for my credit card and phone. who needs a purse?

Now, even her teenage daughter does my hair in the new styles! I have no clue.

hahaha our pictures from that era are remarkable similar. yet, you still look beautiful!

Erin said...

LOL. I love your sense of humor Anna!

Claire Plante said...

Anna,

You were so cute! Your smile was beautiful!

I had a mouthful of metal at that age, and that was when braces involved putting a band around the entire tooth - none of these glue-on, clear braces like now. The look was completed with that dreaded "night brace."

Love,
Claire Plante

Laura said...

If I didn't know better, I'd swear you just raided my box of old photos. Same haircut - and posing in front of my grandparents' '12 months of flowers' prints. :-)

Unfortunate haircut or not - YOU are stunning, Anna. Inside and out.

mia said...

you are hilarious!!! and beautiful:)

Beverly @ The Buzz said...

Thanks for the smile today!

Anonymous said...

HILARIOUS!! Don't know you and love you. xo

Marta said...

Lol. She does look really gorgeous doesn't she? I'm glad I didn't have an older sister (or younger) to have to compete with.

Megan said...

You are one funny lady!

Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

LOL! Love it! Your sister's hair was GORGEOUS!

NanaDiana said...

LOL- But look what a beauty you are today! What a sweet family picture- xo Diana

erinlovesjolene said...

I've got you beat by a mile with 80's awkwardness, but thanks for the hilarious reminder! I read a poem from a young mom who's baby girl died in December and thought of you today.
http://newmomnewcancer.blogspot.com/2012/04/poem.html?showComment=1335969471232#c9166116986504416819

Cara @ Live the Home Life said...

That is hilarious! I remember when both my sister AND I had gigantic glasses circa 1992. Except I took the cake. I topped off my personal style with braces.

Cara

Lady Jennie said...

Is that you, the little blond guy at the bottom?

Heh heh, just kidding - I could find an equally horrific photo of myself, or two, or three.

Did you know there are lots of us who just hang on your every post, no matter if we are going to laugh or cry?

Princess Kate said...

I'm sure I have everyone beat on this blog because I am still living in the eighties with my haircut TODAY.

I hope the days are getting better and the nights shorter. Always thinking of you guys.

Kara said...

Love it for so many reasons! Probably because I have similar photos from that time period.

Aimee said...

Too funny! Oh those hair days!! Lol
That's exactly Margaret's smile!! Splitting image! :)

Anonymous said...

OK - NOBODY could compete with the Farrah hair! You do have a beautiful smile on your face that seems genuine so that must have been the YOU that you wanted to be shining through, and now you are that version of YOU, right? Also, I've seen pics of your hubby on the blog and he is not too shabby so you've got something goin on. Having a hot hubby is not a measure of who you are but it must be a really nice perk! :)

Theresa O. said...

Oh we all have these fab-dabulous pics - but you were brave enough to share with us! Mine are in hiding! : )

Thinking of you always....

Franny said...

That is just so unfair and so funny. Of course it is funny now that your are gorgeous. I love that your sense of humor is stronger than ever, maybe? You are a powerful Mama and woman.

Leslie said...

OK, OK, OK, I can say this because you're hot in every other photo I've seen of you, but the picture is adorably funny. Yeah, she's Farrrah. That was your awkward year... most of us, maybe not L, but most of us had them :) My perm was so much worse than yours. SO much worse. And then as it grew out, each subsequent hair cut was EVEN worse. I had a science class with a girl named Julie who was beautiful and had perfect,thick, wavy hair down her back, and I had to sit behind her and I can STILL feel the pangs of actual piercing pain in my heart when I'd have to look at the stupid back of her gorgeous hair. I wanted to sink into the floor and disappear and was sure everyone was thinking how awful I looked sitting near her.

You know what photo of you is burned in my brain forever? You posted it a couple years ago, I think, but it's of you and Tim at a party you threw in or just out of college. I see that photo and think, my GOSH, she's a freaking perfect - how do people that gorgeous even exist in real life!?

It's nice for me to know that the Anna of College and the Anna of Now wasn't ALWAYS a beauty queen, she had curly hair and braces ;) HA. My self esteem is better now. Thanks :)

Vodka Mom said...

oh shit Anna, I laughed out loud.


And it sure did feel good.


(xxx)

The Bipolar Diva said...

Ok Anna, creep....we had the same haircut!

Anonymous said...

You of course ended up fabulously beautiful, but OY VEH it would have totally sucked to have her a sister back in the day. Lol

Anonymous said...

Scott said he's going to have agree with you on this one! Lol! But I must say, you bloomed beautifully inside and out! "Man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart." I've forgotten this Proverbs reference. Praying for you and LTYM! Love, Karen

kim jackson said...

you carried around a lot like jack carried around a lot....

Teachinfourth said...

We all have secrets in our past...there are certain photos I have which will never see the light of day.

Paula said...

This is SO funny - although I'm sure not at the time. That sister had some gorgeous hair! Ahh - if only our 12-14 year old selves could know that that our hair would straighten out, we'd figure out some sense of fashion and braces produce lovely smiles...

connie said...

Was your sister's hair for real? That MUST have been hard!

Sharon M. said...

Growing up, I was never "pretty" according to our society's standards. I was tall and skinny with greasy dirty blonde hair, acne, and braces. Man, adolescence was tough! Looking back though, it made me develop other parts of myself and my personality because I didn't have looks to rely on. I wasn't "pretty" but man was I funny and very athletic! I always felt like the outsider looking in and I can see now how this helped me develop critical thinking skills. Eventually, the braces came off, my skin cleared up (sort of), and I learned how to make myself more attractive. There's still a part of me though, who will always be that shy awkward teenage girl. We are all different and need to appreciate each other for what we are. You, Anna, are beautiful through and through. ;)

Anonymous said...

It seems to me that Margaret gets her dimples from you; it's clear as day and the photo is evidence!

You're very pretty my dear, very pretty!

PeachPrenni said...

LOL!!! You crack me up. We all have an awkward photo like that...I have many! ;)
xo
Annie