It’s Friday, and you know what that means…

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the picture I’m going to show you today should explain everything you need to know about me.

I bet you have some nice family pictures of your grandma. Maybe she’s making cookies, or rolling out a perfect pie crust.  Maybe she’s holding you on her ample lap. Whatever they are, I’m sure your pictures mean a lot to you. This one means a lot to me.

For any of you who’ve ever really wondered, “What the hell is wrong with this woman anyway? Why can’t she just act right?” I hope that this will help you understand.

As we wind down this week of rifling through my Box of Pain, let me share some reflections.

  • None of the actions of the people I’ve talked about here define me. This story might help explain me, but it doesn’t define me.  
  • Life is messy and complicated and good people do dastardly, selfish things sometimes for reasons that are understandable if we know the whole story.
  • We can never know the whole story.

So, without further ado, here is my awkward family photo. I will warn you now; if it shows up on Awkward Family Photos, I’ll hunt you down and kill you.  Please leave it here as a testament to grandmothers in negligees everywhere.

Grandma in a negligee

This picture wasn’t hidden away somewhere in secret (or blessedly taken to the grave). No. This is part of my inheritance, well, our inheritance. My sister and I fought over it (she won, but only because she’s meaner than me). But, (Hey Sis! I didn’t really mean the part about how you’re meaner than me. They make me say stuff like that or they’ll take away my blog. Please don’t hit me), she kindly agreed to scan it and send it to me.

By posting this picture, I might have stepped over the line. I hope I have. I aim to. I aim to step over the line from shame to freedom.

Have a Great Weekend!


14 thoughts on “It’s Friday, and you know what that means…

  1. Oh that's great!I saw my first lingerie in my grandma's closet….a leopard thong teddy. I asked her why she had it, and she told me because my grandpa liked it. Thankfully I didn't she her in a picture of it!

  2. You know, I'm pretty sure my grandmother had that same wallpaper in her living room. I'm also pretty sure that one of my aunts had that same pair of glasses. So far, no lingere pictures have surfaced!Kelly, I love your grandmother's answer.Susan

  3. OhOhOH, and the couch/chair set…a lady at church who is now about 90 years old gave us a couch and chair that were brown and styled like your grandmothers. Even down to the fringe at the bottom!Do you have memories of the room, Chloe? "EEEEWWWW, Grandma, I used to sleep on that couch when I spent the night with you."Susan

  4. This picture is above and beyond all that I could have asked or imagined.It's the glasses. Oh, baby, oh, baby!!!!!!! đŸ˜€ I wish you could see the huge grin on my face right now.As they say, if you've got it, flaunt it. And she knew she had it.AWESOME!!!!!!

  5. Julia, even though my sister owns the photo now, my grandmother is the one who first showed it to me. I'm not sure what her age is (maybe there is a date on the back?), but I'm guessing maybe her thirties or forties. I think the contrast between my mother's mother and my father's mother is pretty clear, don't you?love, chloe

  6. Kelly, That is actually really sweet. I think geriatric sexuality is the final frontier and an area where we're all very uptight. How quickly we forget how we all got here in the first place, huh? I shudder to think what my own children might come up with after I've died. I was thinking about having some of my own scandalous pictures done for my 50th birthday, but I'm now reconsidering it if only to keep them from ending up on one of my children's blogs after I'm dead.Thanks for, Chloe

  7. Susan, I actually have no memories of that room. I'm not even sure where it was taken. My grandmother had many boyfriends in between her several husbands. It's a mystery.Chloe

  8. Susan, Since I have no recollection of this room, the suitcase makes me think that the picture was taken at someone else's house. Maybe that was her suitcase. So many questions that will never be

  9. That picture is awesome. Your grandma had it going on.Conversely, now I'm a little worried about what will happen to the picture of me a playboy bunny costume in fifty years.

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