Wednesday, September 17, 2008

It was the last year I was really a dork... I think...

I haven't completely humiliated myself yet here for Sincerely 'Fro Me To You. I don't have a whole bunch of pictures from my past and the ones I did happen to have ganked from my mom's house before the fire are typically the pictures I liked... so there weren't a whole lot of really embarrassing ones to choose from.

That is until my sister gave me a framed picture of our family from a long time ago. It sure was interesting to look at. It was before The Man, before four of the youngest generation were even thought of, before my other sister's current husband joined our family and when her ex-husband was still a part of it.

However, it wasn't that picture that I'm posting. It was the picture that my sister had put behind that picture in the frame. I don't think she realized it was back there and, honestly, I'm not sure what possessed me to open up the frame and see if there were any other pictures stuffed in there.

But I did. And there it was. The subject of today's Sincerely 'Fro Me To You post.

The year was 1989. The first Bush had just taken office, the Cold War was ending, and Paula Abdul was rocking the charts with Straight Up.

I was in 7th grade.

7th grade
I remember that Guess tee shirt. It was my favorite and I was proud to wear it on picture day. I'm sure my mom was so proud. Don't you love how I had those sleeves rolled up? I bet my jeans were pegged, too. Most girls had their bangs perfectly curled upward in 1989. I, however, didn't learn how to make my super thin hair do that until 8th grade. It was quite a sore spot for me, actually.

But wait... there's more.

Seeing this picture inspired me to dig out my 7th grade yearbook. I had friends on the yearbook staff in middle school. Friends who I still know to this day. Friends who should have known better than to publish a picture such as this in a book that would be looked at for years to come.


You might wonder what I'm doing there. I'm doing the chicken dance. At an assembly. With my principal. I love how I wrote "stupid picture" across the front of my shirt.

As if I had to point that out.

It is possibly the most humiliating photograph ever taken of me. Definitely the most humiliating photograph taken of me and then distributed to over 300 of my peers.

I'm not sure what inspired me to actually do such a thing.

Oh yes, I do remember. I won a Milli Vanilli tape for doing it.

That's right. Blame It On The Rain, peeps.

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a Tonggu Momma said...[Reply to comment]

I find it especially hysterical that you did the chicken dance - with your principal, no less - for two people whom history would prove to be LIP-SYNCERS! Great post!

sarah said...[Reply to comment]

ahhhhh hahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!! This post just made my day. Honestly, because I basically have the same pictures of myself from the late 80's, early 90's. For the record, I saw Paula Abdul in concert AND I had a rockin' Guess t-shirt that was by far the best thing I owned in the 5th grade. We would have been BFF's

Tammy said...[Reply to comment]

Thank you, now I will go to bed singing "blame it on the rain".

The wicker chair photo is just priceless! Love the rolled sleeves.

Amy-littletoesandcheerios said...[Reply to comment]

Aw, I too was such a Guess girl. Loved their jeans too. Now straight up is in my head!

Anonymous said...[Reply to comment]

I rocked the wicker chair a full three years before you did. Only mine was for my SENIOR PICTURE!

Read it and weep with me.

jennifer said...[Reply to comment]

Blame it on the rain...ha! I like that the picture was sort of a treasure that you discovered behind another pic. Cool story. And I was still rolling my sleeves up until about a year ago... because my upper arms got so fat I quit.

DysFUNctional Mom said...[Reply to comment]

Don't we all have a picture with a wicker chair somewhere in our past? I have several, and my shirts and jeans were always perfectly rolled. And Guess, of course!

Robin said...[Reply to comment]

You were only in 7th grade in 1989? Girl, you're not old enough for truly embarrassing pictures - try growing up in the 70's! My school pictures had those awful prairie shirts! And wings! And god help me purple eye shadow! Nice black eye look there.

Crayl said...[Reply to comment]

There is so much to say I can't even start. Good Fro Post!

Suz @ Alive in Wonderland said...[Reply to comment]

Great story. Does that picture have "Stupid Picture" written across it? Did you write that?
I think you still look cute... "Girl you know it's true!"

The Source said...[Reply to comment]

OK So I'm not the only person who wrote stuff on the photos in the yearbook. As if, years from then, I would need help remembering which boy was a "fox" and who was "mean".

I loved this post! Those early teen years were so full of embarassing cool that you have them saved in photos.

Ellie said...[Reply to comment]

Wait, you did the chicken dance with your principal?? Hmmm. Methinks ol' Mister Dunlap, PAL that he was, would NOT have gone for that.

We are THAT Family said...[Reply to comment]

typing from iPhone - not responsible for strange typos!

Your picture is hilarious!

Jenny said...[Reply to comment]

:) I LOVE that photo! I can see why it was chosen.

Liz Swiz said...[Reply to comment]

Wow, those pictures were a lifetime ago. Love them, love them, love them. You've got me wondering whatever happened to my Guess t-shirt... probably disintegrated one day along with my Keds.

Heather of the EO said...[Reply to comment]

Hey. You had a Guess shirt on. That makes you totally awesome.

Michelle@Life with Three said...[Reply to comment]

I love it! It brought me back to the day. Rolled up sleeves and pegged jeans and Milli Vanilli. Does get it better than that?!? :)

LifeatTheCircus said...[Reply to comment]

This totally brought me back... I remember when everyone told the joke a million times, "Wanna see my Milli Vanilli impersonation?" Followed by person mouthing words and not actually singing... don't know why I went into all that detail, but when you mentioned Milli Vanilli, it just brought me back!

Groovewoman said...[Reply to comment]

Those pictures are such Gems! I love them, because I have similar pics. SEEE if you didn't have these pictures, you wouldn't be able to share them with all of us today!

I was in 8th grade around the same time frame... so I did the bangs, shirt sleeves rolled up, jeans pegged and listed to the beach blonde twins NELSON and I love Milli Vanilli baby! I still dig out that album from time to time!

LOVE IT - thanks for the memory refresher. Now where is that Milli tape again???

Shara said...[Reply to comment]

Love the picture! I never had a guess shirt, so I guess you were way cooler than me. =)

I love your blog name, too. Very cute!

Valarie said...[Reply to comment]

dah dah dah da, dah dah dah da, dah dah dah da, clap clap clap clap

boy that was hard to write!

Muthering Heights said...[Reply to comment]

LOL, that's HILARIOUS! Oh, the things a girl will do for a Milli Vanilli tape...

Maren said...[Reply to comment]

I love it...Did you have the ESPRIT bag to go with it. I thought I was so cool when I got my bag

Jerralea said...[Reply to comment]

Didn't everyone roll their sleeves? I know I did!

Love the chicken dance picture! I can't imagine MY principal doing that ...