Saturday, November 21, 2009

Building Character

My sister Melissa did a Not-So-Pretty Face Off on a recent blog post. She asked for brave readers to email her their worst photo (why is it always a school photo?). I had every intention of getting in on that action, but then I lost my mind and forgot to scan my photo in time. Just to show that I'm not a chicken, I'm going to post my photo here.

Before I do that I will stall by telling a story. In 1982 I started the 3rd grade in Mrs. Bailey's class in Oakley Idaho. We started each morning by doing Chicken Fat exercises ("PUSH UPS! EVERY MORNING! TEN TIMES! NOT JUST NOW AND THEN!"). I have an odd memory of Mrs. Bailey coming into class one morning and remarking that something smelled good in the classroom. (I know now that the room smelling good must have been unusual given all the stinky kids she was teaching and the fact that she was pregnant the whole school year. Or so it seemed to me.) Anyway, my friend AnnaLee piped up that the good smell was her because she was using a new shampoo. At the time I thought, "That explains that." Of COURSE it was AnnaLee's hair.

My sisters and I would pretend we were the Mandrell sisters (Barbara, Louise, and Irlene) and I dreamed of having hair just like Barbara's. In my class photo, I'm the one seated all the way on the right. Ruffled plaid shirt? Check. Denim skirt? Check. Awesome hair? Check. It WAS awesome hair. I wish it would do that now. Sadly, my hair was ahead of the times. I'm sure Jen and I begged and BEGGED my Mom to let us get our hair cut. That better be what happened, anyway. We couldn't afford to go to a professional, so we went to Diane W. who was going to beauty school at the time. Diane had class. She had great hair. Her daughter had Barbara Mandrell's haircut. What could go wrong? All I can say is the mullet must be the easiest hair cut in the world, because that's what both of us got - a mullet. Without further ado, here is my worst, most character building photo (I had more to choose from, but this one still makes me cringe - except that I like my purple sweater):

Also, there is a wart on the right side of my upper lip. Funny, I thought that was the ONLY thing anyone could see on my face and I have a hard time seeing it right now. Thus began my ugly years.

Seeing that up there makes me really glad I'm married. Ah-HA! I tricked him. :)

12 comments:

Brian said...

hey - I had that same haircut in high school.

kenzie said...

I can't stop laughing!!! Seriously, you made my day. Who did this to you? Would you ever be so cruel to a child?

melissa said...

Thanks for delivering the goods. Mine is worse. You were always the pretty one. So there.

K.Q. said...

Awesome. I agree with Kenz- Why did our parents let us have such awful hairstyles? They should be punished.

Angelyn said...

hehehe! I did the chicken fat song in 2nd and 3rd grade too!

allyn said...

this is what i was waiting for..mwwaahahhaa. the pictures of you and jen with your matching hideous haircuts is classic. i think you totally deserve this one picture because you look like a movie star in all of your pictures now.

Katy said...

Whoa, baby! Man, Mom was so good about making sure we looked so cute for church and school pictures.

koryn said...

Moms sure get a lot of abuse over school pictures. We will all deserve it when our girls roll their eyes and ask us what we were thinking with the messy bun and side-swept bangs.

I honor your bravery and am still plucking up my courage for my worst. It takes some deep breathing.

Jill said...

I LOVE this post! I love the hair, the pictures, the reference to the Mandrel sisters, and chicken fat excercises. "Go you chicken fat go!" Thanks for the laughs Nicole. P.S. You're beautiful!

Jen said...

Mine is worse. SOooooooo much worse.

Angie said...

Did you have a perm, too? I'm detecting an 80s perm. The hair might be awful, but the little face is still pretty cute.

hOLLIANN said...

You were the hottest kid in the class...what are you talking about?