"Backstory: This was taken during a kids' window-painting contest in the 'downtown' area of Baldwinsville, when I was in 4th grade. 'Twas an incredibly cold and rainy morning--but you'd never know it from that sassy smile, would you? Things that ARE painfully apparent: my weather-flattened frizzy hair, my SUPER! PUFFY! WHITE! marshmallow coat, my sweatshirt proclaiming that I was 'Ultra Cool' (this was one of my favorite articles of clothing at the time), and my weirdly-framed old lady glasses (I picked those out, so I can't even blame my mother). That Mott's juice box is an unnecessary-but-classy touch of maturity. And the disembodied, pastry-clutching hand is my best friend Katie, who has stuck by me for twenty-five years even through questionable fashion moments like this."
"Apparently I was super excited about my extra large glasses, bowl cut hair, and Old Navy flag t-shirt. This must have been a dress down day though, since I'm not wearing my trademark silver eyeliner... isn't everyone fashionable at 13?" -Melinda
"I present you, me, start of 6th grade: Sweater and pedal pushers, home-made by my mom. Ann Jillian haircut, that I just HAD TO HAVE! And beneath the droopy kneesocks I am wearing TOP-SIDER SHOES! Really, it does not get any hotter than this." -Gayle
"This one was taken in 1980, when I was 2. I believe that is a velour hoodie with Paddington Bear embroidered on the front, and the bathing suit speaks for itself. This was near the pool at our beach club in New Jersey." --Rob
"The year was 1992, and if you take a nine out of that you should get something close to my weight. I was a fat little kid somewhere around 200 lbs at 5'5 and wearing God knows what. Oh wait, that's the shirt with the fishing lures on it. I went to school like that -- I'm pretty sure that was hell. People told me time and time again that I would grow into it, I guess they were right." -Charlie
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