Thursday

Sincerely 'Fro Me to You-My UGLY Year

You guys are so sweet to come back week after week to link up or laugh at these old photos. Who knew we all had such a dark past?  You can read all about Sincerely 'Fro Me to You or you can just click the links below for a good, old fashioned belly laugh.

I saved this picture for a rainy day.

It's from my UGLY year.  Did y'all have one of those?  

It was the transitional time between little girl and teen.  I was awkward, gangly and growing out a home permanent. Difficult times, people. I remember the day well. It was my sixth grade school picture day.  

{Prepare yourself because it is frightening:}



Are you off the floor from your hysterical laughter?

I'll give you a minute.

Or twenty.

Okay, seriously. You can stop laughing now. I have feelings too, ya know.

My perms took very well on the top of my head, crown area, as you can see. I was a big tucker and shoved it behind my ear. I was going for the slicked-down 'fro, I suppose.  I remember wanting it to flip up in the back. 

The horror.

My mom made my dress. Another shocker. I know you were thinking I bought that lovely purple piece at a fine department store.  Not so, my friends. Was I the picture of fashion or what?

Remember the little button earrings of the 1980's?  I had them in every color. 

Because I was special.

And lastly, the teeth. My family refers to my pre-braces day as my corn-on-the-cob teeth. I guess my little teeth reminded them of niblets.  I come from a long line of good, kind people.

Okay. Hurry. You, go, because this is just embarrassing! (Plus, I need to call my Mom and ask her if 'helmet hair' was stylish or a form of discipline).


51 comments:

The Apron Queen said...

Hey, those button earrings are coming back in style. You can wear them with your leg warmers! :)

P.S. He loves you... said...

One day I promise promise promise to share something like this ...when I find it! Promise!


And look how much alike your kids look!!!

Jennifer A. said...

yeah we all had years like that. I need to find pics of mine. No, maybe not.

Jerralea said...

Don't feel bad. If I can find it, I've got one of me that makes me look like a chipmunk in a purple dress!

a Tonggu Momma said...

My ugly year lasted from age 12 until... oh... about 22, with one brief six month period where I didn't look too terrible. You think I kid. You are too sweet.

Karen said...

This could be a picture of my daughter, only her tightly curled hair was naturally curly and she hated it. She had the button earrings in every color, too. I would post her picture but she reads my blog and would definitely never speak to me again. (well, at least not for a week.)

Bubba's Sis said...

Why oh why was junior high so awkward? I've got 7th grade ugliness going on at my blog this week....

Crayl said...

I am so glad you outgrew this look. Oh yes, so happy for you. :) We all had our year(s).
I must get our scanner working so I can share more of these special moments as well.

Kristen M. said...

I feel your pain. My husband - who didn't even know me in jr. high - just caught a glimpse of this picture and asked, "is that you?" (He's sleeping on the couch tonight.)

Patois said...

Oh dear God! I had forgotten about wearing the dresses my mother made. They were perfect, really, but oh how I wanted jeans.

Jennifer said...

Oh I hated all of my school photos! I am so glad that I get to choose what I wear in photos now days. Even that doesn't make my pictures any better. Don't go look at my post for the day. I am sooo embaressed that I even pressed post. lol

Michelle M. said...

How funny! I need to try to find some photos like this :)

Muthering Heights said...

I can't laugh at you...my awkward stage is still going...

Melanie said...

Hey, I'm just impressed you only had ONE ugly year. Mine went from about age 11 to age 14!!

Shara said...

Imagine your fro-- all the way down to your mid-back. And then you would have me. I am not even kidding.

Shara said...

Imagine your fro-- all the way down to your mid-back. And then you would have me. I am not even kidding.

Valarie said...

Bless your heart! What was it with your mother and perms??

Unfortunately I know how you feel on this one. My 7th grade picture is absolutely dreadful. It is burned into my memory. The horror of it all. When I find it at my parents house, I might be brave enough to put it on here.

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

Wow.

I looked exactly the same way in my 6th grade pic, but I also had black glasses.

Yeah, it was a bad, bad year....

:P

Alicia said...

I have no words. Seriously. That's just it. I have no....(trying to stifle a giggle)

I just can't...

Okay, I have to go. I can't stop laughing. Sorry.

Amy-littletoesandcheerios said...

Yeah, we all have pics like that!
Lovin' the hair!

Wifeof1Momof4 said...

If I had a scanner I could show you my FRO from 8th grade and I do mean FRO (Afro) with curls .. I remember that day well .. thought I was cute, but only 6 months later looked at the photo in absolute horror!!!

But hey .. look at you now. Cute, cute, cute.

Tammy said...

Ahem, do you know how hard it is to type while laughing your head off.

I mean, not at you, ummmm, with you. Yea, with you.

I think this shows how much your kids look like you, minus the Fro of course.

Lori said...

Someday I'll be brave enough to post a pic of the girl mullet I sported in 7th grade - and you can have a great laugh at my expense. :) Just think about how well-equipped we will be to council our daughters when they have a bad hair day!

Carolina Mama said...

Oh dear! Bless your heart! That's a good one.

Teena in Toronto said...

Happy blogoversary!

marky said...

Kristin I love your confidence to be able to look back and laugh! I have been doing that for years..I honestly think that there are very few..very few photos of me that are scrapbook worthy!
Love participating in this carnival each week.

Colleen said...

Aw, Kristin, that's too funny! You poor head looks twice as tall as it probably really was! :-D

Its always good to laugh at yourself, though. Keep it goin'!

Putting the Best Thing First said...

Oh I feel for ya in the perm department. I had an aunt I used to go visit each summer and she insisted on perming my hair. I have board straight hair....it doesn't take a perm very well...until she realized using 2 bottles of what I called the "stinky" stuff would work. Oh how dreadful it was. Thanks for sharing.

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

All I can think of is how unfair it is that you only had ONE ugly year!! :) Some of us may have had a bit more...

Thanks for sharing this - you are brave!

T with Honey said...

Why did our parents ever let us out of the house, let alone have a picture taken looking like that? WHY?!

Crayl said...

I forgot to mention that my post disappeared from the links the first time. So did Marky's. What's up with that.

jenny said...

ok you had to have been abt 6th or 7th when that photo was takeing and well back then i think we all kind of looked kind of funny . any how i'm takeing a blog button and puting it on my page to let every one know abt your party as well

Anne M. said...

yep I believe we've all had one of those years!

Lauren @ Team Giles said...

I'm pretty sure I BURNED any pictures of me in middle school. its just not right. You're a brave soul

Becki Madsen said...

Yeah! I am soo excited that I won! Do you need my address? Thanks again!

Becki Madsen

Kelli @ writing the waves said...

hahahaha :) I had those button earrings too. And if it makes you feel any better, my ugly year lasted from 6th through 9th grade. Then I finally got contacts! Yea!

Tiff said...

I had the same exact hair!!! By the time it was done though I hated it. I couldn't wait for my hair to grow back out. Oh and I had the big poofy bangs! LOL

LifeatTheCircus said...

Man this reminds me of my fourth grade picture... i hated it... totally my least favorite of all...perhaps i will share it with you.

honestly though, you look cute... for real, i mean it.

Berry Patch said...

I found your blog recently & I've enjoyed reading. I took on the challenge & posted some of my school pics - just so you know you are NOT only but I had way more than one ugly year. :-)

MoziEsmé said...

Oh - you were just so precious back then! That's the only word I can think of to describe you!

Domestic Accident said...

I can't type anything. I'm laughing too hard.

No offense.

Rena Gunther said...

I'm so glad you share these pics with us....

I'm really not laughing...really! Smiling, but not laughing!

You SOOO outgrew it! ;)

Rena

Dee said...

aw there is nothing ugly about this pic! Sweet! totally don't look like you though.

Shane said...

After lurking for several months I decided it was high time I participate. Thanks for hosting!

Marni's Organized Mess said...

You so encouraged me to show my 'ugly' year. Stay tuned. lol.

Cindie said...

Too funny. I have a picture of my daughter when she was about 8... so that would have been 1984... al,ost the same hair style. She was not happy with her hair so we decided that I should give her a home perm. Needless, to say it was a disater she woke up in the morning with a heaf full of frizz!

twin power mommy said...

I actually have a similar picture of myself. I was in 6th grade as well.
My dad was inspired to trim my hair into a MaryLouRetton hairstyle.

That style mixed with my boyish figure, i was mistaken for a boy...alot!
Why did our parents let us look like that? Lord only knows!

Marni's Organized Mess said...

Ok, I looked everywhere for the ugly ones. No really, I swear I would share it if I could find them. Instead I worked on a couple others. Yup, for the next two weeks, my Sincerely Fro Me To You is ready! Yay!

:D

D... said...

The awkward years. Not fun. And, in my case, I feel like I'm still going through them! ;)

Tranquility said...

But look at how really, really adorable you are in that photo (aside from the growing-out-permed hair)! And your teeth are just cute and childish. As for the dress?... Well, you should have seen what MY mom dressed me in (we're still talking home-made here... but my mom didn't sew)!

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