Monday, August 20, 2007

Rain, rain go away....Come again on Mother's Day...

At least that is what my brother (the guy on the left in the picture) said on that Sunday morning. We were walking down the street to a restaurant after church. I was 5, old enough to know that my brother was going to get into HUGE trouble for saying that. He was 7 and my older brother (on the right) was 9. It was drizzling and out it came. In my family you just weren't disrespectful. And man, oh man...was that ever disrespectful. Time stopped. We stopped, and Bobby paid for being funny. Which didn't stop me from making the same mistake and wishing my father dead in a restaurant in front of God and everybody a few weeks later. That's a rather long story so maybe I'll bring it up another time.
I brought this up because 1. It's raining....I mean really, REALLY raining and 2. it's a great excuse to post this picture. does this picture not totally scream "HELLO! IT'S 1989 AND THESE KIDS ARE COOL!" at you?
There are some interesting factoids about this picture. One: The day before this photo was taken, I had tinted my hair flame red. I was a beauty school student and it seemed like a good idea at the time. Until I walked in the door at home, my father took one look at me and said," Did someone forget family pictures tomorrow?" Which is actually what I wish he would have said. He actually said something like,"What are you? A nimrod? Family pictures are tomorrow. Get your butt back up there and fix it!" Or something to that affect. And, yes, I was a nimrod because I had forgotten. And the color over looked totally fake so they sort of airbrushed a "normal" looking color over it...I think. Two: This was the day I found out I was expecting ("holy shit! holy shit! It turned pink!) my daughter. It was also the last time I wore this dress. The last time I smiled (even for a picture) in a long time. The funny thing, now, is I thought I looked totally hot in this picture. As I am sure my brothers did. Check out the mullets (my brother on the right permed and highlighted his), tennis shoes and Cosby-esque sweater choice.
True confession....I just threw those shoes out recently.


Cherry said...

Man you guys were cool! I love your hair. I could never get mine to do that, but now I have the hair people want. Straight, straight, straight.

Love the Cosby-esque sweaters! Amazingly enough, you can still find crap like that!

Ortizzle said...

I would have let you do the photo with flame red hair. I bet it was cool.

Shari said...

You got guts to try flame red. Cool. The 80s was fun, though. :)

Funny how to my daughter, it's ancient history. LOL.

Tessie said...

So much to say about this awesome, awesome, picture. Starting with:

How in the sam hell did you get your bangs to do that? I DREAMED of bangs that high! Alas, I was cursed with the floppy hair.

You do look hot, though...FOR A PACKERS FAN! :-)

MrsGrumpy said...

Cherry-I used to spend hours on my hair. It helped that, at the time, I was in beauty school. I found myself comparing my wedding picture with that picture and am somewhat amazed it appears I didn't change my hairstyle for 7+ years. Glad you are feeling better!

ortizzle-It was! It was wayyyyy cool for an almost 19 year old.

shari-I spent years instillig a love of 80's music in my daughter (the one I found out about that day). I was lucky in that I could immediately rememdy any bad color the detriment of my hair.

tessie-It's all in the damage, baby. There was a time when we hairstylists would encourage a little bit of fry to help the style.

Gina said...

Wow, you are holding it together pretty well for having just found out some life-changing news!

Those sweaters are so Dynasty!

Swistle said...

Of course it looks ridiculous now, but I totally remember when all three of you would have been DREAMY-AWESOME-RAD. If I switch into my '80s lenses, I can see you guys are gorgeous.

My hairstylist friend STILL encourages me to damage my hair a little: she says the reason it won't hold a style is it's "too healthy." And certainly in the '80s when I was blowdrying and curling every centimeter of it every day and getting it permed every 6 months, it indeed held a style better. Or perhaps that was the Aquanet and all the heat styling.

MrsGrumpy said...

gina- I think the youth factor ( I really had no idea for about 9 months) helped a lot. It was a strange time.

swistle-Ahhh, Aquanet. That and the lovely smell of Miss Clairol hairspray (which, I will admit, I would still use if I could find it). I could get my hair to do just about anything.