So apparently, it’s International Internet Reveal Your Horrid Teenage Years Picture Day. And apparently, anyone can declare any day to be International whatever-you-want day. Will have to file that away for future use. I’d been going through old pictures recently anyway – some combination of mom’s 60th birthday and getting in touch with old friends on fb has led me to pull out my old shoe box of pictures. I really have very few pictures that are older than 10 years old. Which is sad. But I do have some that reveal my teenage years in all their, um, glory? And I feel like sharing, mostly because they’re funny, and it’s good to be able to look back and laugh. But also because going back through the pictures was kind of a revelation. I wasn’t the ugly fat duckling that I always pictured myself as being. I was a normal looking high schooler. I didn’t have the best fashion sense, but it was the late 80s/early 90s, so to be fair, very few people did. And it was fun to go back and look at these. I’ve cropped other people out of the pictures since I’m not in touch with them and maybe they don’t want their teenage beauty to be shared with the interwebs, but it makes some of these kind of silly sizes.
We’ll start with two that are not technically teenager pictures, I’m 12 in both of them:
This next one doesn’t have a date listed, but I must be at least 13 because I’m wearing contacts. I’m in what looks to be a bad hotel room. No! It’s not what you’re thinking! It must have been a band or church trip:
These last pictures are all from my senior year of high school. I spent that year in Germany as an exchange student. When it was good, it was very good, but that bad parts were really hard. It was the only year of my life that I kept a diary. I wrote a lot during the rough parts.
The last two were taken at the Westinghouse Science Talent Search, now the Intel Science Talent Search. The brilliant idea to take 40 science-nerd high school seniors, just brimming with pent up hormones – and put them up in a hotel in Washington DC for 7 days. Where they could compete with each other for scholarships by meeting with really tough science judges on a whole host of science topics. Or they could blow off the whole competition thing and enjoy a week of hanging out with other science nerds who are also full of pent up hormones, and who don’t mind that you’re also smart and nerdy. Awe.some.
Anyone else want to join in? Let me know if you do, I wanna see!