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race’s throwback memory

I think I learned to laugh at myself when I came across this school picture as an adult. I mean, what in the world is going on here? Braces. Glasses. Zits. Combover. And there’s something magical about how the longer you look at my forehead, the more it looks like it’s somehow misshapen. It’s not a terrible photo – it’s actually a decent capture of a truly indecent time of life. Puberty can be unkind in many different ways, and judging by this photo it was unkind to me in most of those ways. I have always been proud of the fact that my parents never gave me a curfew growing up. Now I can kind of see why. What kind of trouble was the kid in this photo going to get into?

Ugly-duckling jokes aside, I had a truly blessed childhood, and this photo reminds me of so much more than my time as an awkward tween. Not every kid with crooked teeth gets to have braces. Not every kid with bad eyesight gets to have glasses. Not every little boy has a mom who carefully picks out his shirt and combs his hair before school every morning. Miraculously, I have no memories of bullies in school picking on me for my looks, and not every kid who looks like this can say that. This photo knocks me down a peg at the same time that it reminds me of where I come from and all the blessings that I’ve enjoyed along the way. In fact, I find that most photographs taken during difficult times of life remind us more of the tender mercies than of the trials, don’t you?


16 Responses

  1. Oh my goodness, this is just the sweetest thing ever.

  2. JM says:

    What a positive way of looking back on those growing pains — and trust me, we all have them. ;)

  3. Marji S says:

    Love this! Got me a little teary-eyed, I must admit. So sweet.

  4. Pam says:

    Love it! Great perspective and reminder that there is always things to be thankful for!

  5. Sarah says:

    So true! Sometimes I wish I had more pictures of the awful times.

  6. Melissa Hallaron says:

    When my kids were going through these “rough years” I would remember the adage “This too shall pass” but it seemed to take a long time while we were there. Race, your resolve to not shy away from it but to find the good was so refreshing! It is part of your history and there should be no gaps.

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  8. Angela says:

    I knew Race during that stage of life and even then he was kind and considerate; always thinking of and serving others. The world is a brighter place because of him and I think this article is a perfect example. :)

  9. Sherry A says:

    I think you were adorable and are now too! It’s not often that men share their hearts the way you just did! We all went through it! Thank you for sharing!

  10. Cori says:

    Love your thoughts and would love to hear more!

  11. Monique says:

    This is the sweetest post!!! All the silver linings…………..

  12. Maggie says:

    One of the best blog posts ever~

  13. Deidre Donovan says:

    Well sheesh this made me cry. The simplest reminder of God’said true blessings.