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The Photo That Makes Them Laugh

June 18, 2021

I have many favorite photos in my vast collection of over 25,000. They range from family photos, to vacation photos, travel photos and virtually everything in between. I cherish the one above for very unusual reasons.

Many years ago when my wife and I had been married just a few years, we were looking through some family photos together with my parents. Together we stumbled upon this photo and immediately my father started laughing at the way I looked back in my high school junior photo in 1965. My wife took a look at it and she started giggling as well. My mother came to the rescue of her son, defending the photo and admonishing the two to stop laughing. Then in a fit of capitulation, she broke down in giggles as well.  All three then broke into a roar.

Now I don’t have a huge ego but I must admit I was a little hurt. Why was my entire family laughing uncontrollably at my picture? I thought I was pretty good looking back in the day. Was it the Ricky Nelson lips? Was it that the photo was just too 1960ish? I protested loudly several times but each time their laughter just became stronger.

This scene was repeated year after year for a decade or more. Each time the photo appeared in a photo album, the three would go through their routine. First my father would laugh, then my wife and finally my mother. It became sort of a ritual for the three of them. They loved picking on me and my simple photograph.

My parents are gone now but the photo remains. I look at it every now and then and I honestly don’t see the humor in it. But then my wife arrives and in a minute she is almost on the floor. Since this isn’t apt to change, I decided to write this post. I talked about writing this post with my wife. Her response? “Don’t go there!” (muffled laughter) She said she just couldn’t help laughing all those times because of my parents. As I recall, it was definitely a team effort!

Anyway, here’s the photo for the whole world to see and judge. Is it really that bad? Do I hear laughter out there on the internet?

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  1. Nello permalink

    Typical picture for that era. Mine would have been similar.

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  2. Some things just can not be explained.

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  3. I bet the girls swooned over you ❤️

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  4. Looks good to me. Maybe they just crack up over the difference between now and then. (shrug)

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  5. I think it’s the Elvis Presley “Thank you, thank you very much!” that the photo seems to be saying. Hey! What do I know? I’m only smiling . . . 🙂

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