When I was a little kid, I kinda hated getting my photo taken. Going to the seaside was about the sea and not keeping my hair nice for twenty minutes while my father was getting a hold of his new camera. Christmas was also a drag. I mean, exchanging presents and sitting at the table was wholesome, but organizing everyone in front of the damn tree so nobody would fall out of frame -- not so much.

However, family photos aren't just for the people in them but for future generations as well. Someday, my children, nieces, and nephews will look at them and realize that my crooked smile doesn't mean I hate them. They'll realize I've had it since forever. And hopefully, it'll make it easier for them to get along with my grumpy old butt. They're about creating memories, documenting growth, and revealing character.

Awkward Family Photos is an online celebration of these things. It's a place that invites people to submit all the funny, cringy, and of course, awkward moments their family has caught on film, proving that we all know how to make a fool of ourselves, and our descendants will certainly get to enjoy that.

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"My friends Grandma's house. She put a magazine cut out of Leonardo DiCaprio over her late (not so nice) husband's face. The 80+ year old's version of photoshop."

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Phoebe Bean
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5 months ago

Well, it worked!

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Recently, Awkward Family Photos even released Cringeworthy, an outrageous adult party game of painfully hilarious, unbelievably awkward situations. But you could say the road to where the project is today started way back.

Mike Bender, one of the main people behind Awkward Family Photos, has always had a connection to awkwardness and comedy. "As a kid, I was very aware of awkward situations," he told Bored Panda. "I didn't exactly want them to happen but when they did, I was excited to have a new story to tell. I think it led me to become a writer after graduating college. I wrote my first movie at age 22 called Not Another Teen Movie and continued to work as a screenwriter for about 13 years."

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"My great-grandma in the 80's."

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Phoebe Bean
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5 months ago

She rocks!

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When the film business began to shift, Mike started to search for opportunities online and saw there was a lot of potential for creative expression there. "Around that time, in 2009, I went home to my parents' house for the weekend and saw my mother putting up what was for me an awkward family photo from my teenage years. She had framed it and was going to hang it in the wall."

"I thought that was such a peculiar idea -- to memorialize this awkward moment. But I also thought it was intriguing. So I met with my writing partner and friend, Doug Chernack, who I grew up with in New Jersey, and he told me that his childhood home was full of awkward family photos. And so we decided to start a website and our only hope was that if we posted our awkward pics, others would do the same."

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“I took my 2002 Senior Year with my bird, Jeff. It made the yearbook. 10 years later, I caught him reflecting on our long history. Sentimentality in its truest form.”

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

Aww, that is sweet/tweet.

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There were only a few blogs built on user-submitted material at that time, so the guys put up the site and within a week, it blew up, blowing them away, too. "We started receiving awkward photos from all over the world! It felt like something big was happening."

Now, Mike is 45, married, and has two kids. Awkward Family Photos gets hundreds of photos a week, focusing on the most surprising ones. Mike thinks their project got so big because we all can relate to these photos in some way. "Even if it's not their family. they see their family in others and there's something comforting about knowing that you're not alone."

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“Grandma wanted a photo with her Thanksgiving table settings. Nobody thought to check the mirror.”

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Carole Reid
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I hope he put more clothes on before he came nearer to the table. Talk about a sure appetite. suppressor

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“My mom has this picture hanging on her wall in her house for everyone to see. She sends it to me every Mother’s Day. This is me when my kids were little. Apparently my kids needed me and so did the dog, while I’m on the toilet.”

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Phoebe Bean
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5 months ago

Doggie just wanted to be in the picture!

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"My daughter looks like a mom that regrets all her life decisions."

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Carole Reid
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5 months ago

So cute. So right.

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"My Great-Grandmother, born in 1899. Never met her, but definitely a legend."

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DforDorothy
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5 months ago

Definitely! :D

Katy McMouse
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5 months ago

I don't know about you, but I ALWAYS make a beeline for the geriatric table. Those people know how to gossip, know all the filthy jokes and DEFINITELY hold their liquor better than most.

Toast Of Saint Louis
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5 months ago

You ain't never lied.

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Jean Shultz
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5 months ago

"Everyone here sucks and it boring......"

Mildred Thompson
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5 months ago

Good to the last drop - and that's good too. No waste, no want - a1930's motto.

Ms.M.
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5 months ago

Get er done, Great-Grandmother! *cheers*

Shelp
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5 months ago

She was born in that century where alcoholism began at 6L of alcohol per day, not less

Shopper East
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5 months ago

Has enough sense left to hang on to the chair. LOL

Toni Ferchak
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5 months ago

I should say so !!

BusLady
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5 months ago

I'll just finish off this bottle now.

ArhomR
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5 months ago

RIGHT ON Granny!!

Fran Stateler
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5 months ago

You can't let those last ufew drops go to waste.

Micheal Sharp
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5 months ago

O

Pamela Slivkoff Bennett
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5 months ago

Definitely ME NOW! Haha!

Vonny
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5 months ago

Showin' 'em how it's done!

Veronica Vatter
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5 months ago

Still partying like it's 1899

Brenda Johnson
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5 months ago

One last sip.

Sue Hazlewood
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5 months ago

That's me hahaha

Judith Wilson
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5 months ago

LOVES her Champagne !!!

Natasha Arceo
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5 months ago

life of the party

Elaine Mattingly
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5 months ago

Only way to get through these reunions!

Courtney Christelle
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5 months ago

Lady knew how to party!

Kimmie Klein Andrews
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5 months ago

Grandma knows how to party.

Vicki Perizzolo
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5 months ago

love her!

Cybele Spanjaard
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5 months ago

She really thought no-one was looking..then cousin Ben dared her to swig ..so. she did!

Malou Hedlund
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5 months ago

1899? lol maybe 1999

WildBerry
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5 months ago

Nope. Looking at the furniture, this pic is probably from 1960 or there abouts. Think about it. DO the math.

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Cathrine Aasen
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5 months ago

Living her best life..! :D

Mia Cardenas
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5 months ago

This is awesome!

Ray Heap
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5 months ago

Uhhh! Is that aunt Phillis?

LittleMissLotus
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5 months ago

Party granny!

Susan Miller
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5 months ago

Glad she missed 2020!

Marcelo Ribeiro
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5 months ago

She was a very futuristic lady for her time of 1899!

fuggnuggins
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5 months ago

Man sculls from the bottle: alcohollic loser and probably violent. Woman sculls from the bottle: lEGenDaRY heROe!!!

Luuta
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5 months ago

wow, great photography for 1899

James F. Wilson Jr.
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5 months ago

And guess what she does with the bottle later?

Malou Hedlund
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5 months ago

nice 1899...0r 1999

BM85
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5 months ago

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nothing in this colour photo says the year 1899 to me... sorry :/

Ms.M.
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5 months ago

🎵 Tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1899 🎵

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“This old picture of my great-grandmother, far left, makes it look like the cameraman just stumbled into a secret meeting of the grandmas.”

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Phoebe Bean
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5 months ago

Greatgrandma looks like Sofia Petrillo from the Golden Girls!

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“My hubby is a teacher. I’m a stay-at-home Mom. We have 5 kiddos, 4 of them adopted through foster care. A long time ago, I heard our pastor point out that when it comes to kids, rules without relationship = rebellion. From that day forward, I made a promise to myself to always make relationship with our kids a priority. And that means having fun with them and having a sense of humor. We want to teach our kids that being able to laugh at yourself (not in a bad, degrading way, but in a good way) is a wonderful attribute. So, we always do crazy photos for our Christmas cards. This year, we decided to make an awkward family photo.”

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Diellza
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5 months ago

Lol we love a family with a sense of humour!

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“During a cousins photo shoot, my brother fell off the stool mid-temper tantrum and the photographer managed to catch all of my cousins’ reactions.”

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DforDorothy
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5 months ago

Golden! :))

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"Reason #82 why dads shouldn't be left alone with their kids."

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Phoebe Bean
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5 months ago

This is a adorable, we have a winner here!

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“Grandma fell asleep. Then the tide came in.”

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Tee
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5 months ago

When your done with 2020

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“This picture was taken at my daughter’s preschool. I think the photographer thought having her hold a flower would make for a really cute and innocent picture.”

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Princess Procrastination
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5 months ago

Quite the opposite actually

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“My parents keep this framed on the wall. It’s a poem written and illustrated by my brother in second grade.”

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

I love the illustration. It is so succinct.

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"My swag peaked in 1987."

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IzzieM
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5 months ago

Aaaaaw!

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"I found my spirit animal at a very young age."

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

Photo bombed by a hippo.

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“One year my mom made my brother and I outfits from the drapes that came with our beautiful couch.”

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago (edited)

There is nothing like blending in with the upholstery.

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"My friend's baby pictures look like Mrs. Doubtfire."

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

She does, indeed.

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"My mom and dad in DC in the late 80s."

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Phoebe Bean
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5 months ago

Ah, the Wonder Years! (wondering about the state of fashion back then...)

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“Her husband went to the pregnancy room with her to cheer her up.”

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Daria Z
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5 months ago

She does look quite cheerful though :)

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"My friend's three-year-old son in preschool today."

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Adam C
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5 months ago

awesome outfit, and that make up is just perfekt.

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“This is me and my dad 1977 Coney Island. He would be vilified and in jail today for this.”

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DforDorothy
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5 months ago

I can't decide if that is laughter or fear on your face.

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"When your Grandma looks like Taylor Swift and your Grandpa looks like Hugh Hefner's Brother."

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Phoebe Bean
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5 months ago

Taylor Swift, yes!

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"My mom with her brothers and sisters in the 1980s."

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Maiun
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5 months ago

On my god! How many cans of hairspray did this take? They must have all been high on the fumes! Thank f**k the 80s are over

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“Bring a toddler to a wedding, they said. It will be cute, they said.”

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Laura Boyce
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5 months ago

amazing!

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"My dad teaching math in Southern California, late 70's/early 80's."

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Adam C
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5 months ago

Mr Parker?

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“My mom said this was one of my favorite things to do as a child.”

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DforDorothy
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5 months ago

Is it still..?

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"Just thought I'd share this old picture I found of me and my dad. Hopefully you guys enjoy it as much as I did."

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Sanguinius
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5 months ago

3 men and a baby

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"My mother and grandmother demonstrating safety standards in the 1960s."

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Tee
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5 months ago

NOPE! Wait who is taking the picture?

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“There’s a reason why my sisters were accepted into private school and I wasn’t.”

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DforDorothy
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5 months ago

It's always the youngest :D

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"Our social distance Easter photos turned out terrifying."

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago (edited)

That is one scary Easter Bunny, looming in the distance.

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“My great-grandmother worked for a photography studio in the 80’s. She was watching us one day and decided to surprise my mother with professional photos of the three of us. This gem was one of the pictures. I love how my sisters look so cute in the corner of the photo while I am in a food coma floating in the sky.”

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Phoebe Bean
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5 months ago

"Food coma"! (I´m sorry to say that´s accurate...)

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“My friend managed to make this bubble.”

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

The bubble looks like an appendage. :D

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“I was baptised when I was about 10 and yes, those are my legs.”

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DforDorothy
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5 months ago

why couldn't you just lean over the water and get baptized by pouring the water over your head like that?

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“There was a moth in our kitchen.”

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

...like a moth to a flame...I like how life stands still for all concerned.

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My grandfather sent me this photo, which he took in celebration of his eightieth birthday.”

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DforDorothy
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5 months ago

He doesn't look 80 at all!..at least from the neck up :O

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“If your mum wasn’t making herself into a ramp for your new BMX, did she even love you? 1980’s.”

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Phoebe Bean
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5 months ago

Wonder Woman!

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“Got my 10-year-old daughter dressed up for a nice New Year’s Eve dinner and tried taking a pretty picture of her. I got a haunting photo that looks like she is missing her evil twin.”

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

Oh, so much like "The Shining".

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“Meet Uncle Jack, the goth uncle.”

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Francis
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5 months ago

i wonder serval things: was he a teenager back than? is he still a goth? did you have a goth phase? how does he look today?

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"My Mom took me to a Glamour Shots in the mall when I was 11 years old. I walked out as a middle aged woman who wants to speak to the manager. This is framed in my parents living room."

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DforDorothy
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5 months ago

11 going on 35.

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"That moment you realize you're not the only child anymore."

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kjorn
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5 months ago

you got champagne in your room?

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"My great-aunt uses her old television as a stand for her new one."

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

What's wrong? My family does that too.

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“We had the worst wedding photographer in the world. I think this says it all.”

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DforDorothy
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5 months ago

Your husband was Gollum and you were his 'prrrecciiioous'?

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“My adorable son was a wee bit chubby as a baby.”

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DforDorothy
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5 months ago

Poor kid's face reflects my emotions about this pic.

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“Halloween 1994, when my parents told us they were a sock and a sock box, and asked us to put on our white pajamas, because we were dryer lint.”

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Tee
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5 months ago

Sure...socks

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“Not sure what grandma and her friend are up to.” 

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

It's an alien autopsy, done old-school.

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"This is my friend’s husband inside a pumpkin bounce house. Nothing better than a family outing where you see a live breech birth.”

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Carole Reid
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5 months ago

A Trump supporter.

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“My siblings and I were forced into a ‘pet look alike’ competition. It still haunts us.”

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DforDorothy
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5 months ago

Do you still wake up howling in the middle of the night?

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"My Mom's bed hung from chains, and she had a mini bar for a headboard. 1972."

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Phoebe Bean
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5 months ago

Cat: "I don´t want to be here"

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"Me picking mushrooms in Belarus in 1987, one year after the Chernobyl meltdown in neighboring Ukraine."

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Phoebe Bean
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5 months ago

Oh, my, the size of these mushrooms! I wonder if they were safe to eat...

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