01 October 2006

I Was Little Miss Sunshine

That’s me, front and center in my fourth-grade class photo.


Notice that pose, that flirty sideway glance. You’re probably thinking I’m voguing, working that fabulous ensemble of every possible shade of green and flashy gold hair ribbon. But you’re wrong. As a four-eyed child of the sixties, I had to look off to the side so my glasses wouldn’t cause a glare on the photo. And that year I was the only kid in the class posing the nerd turn.

I’d actually wear that outfit today; Mama always had style and knew how to shop for me. And the reading glasses I’m wearing right now look scarily close to those cat-eyes I’m sporting in the photo.

Yes, I was one hot little minx when I was nine.

p.s. That's gospel great Kelly Nelon next to me, in the red dress.

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27 Comments:

At 10/01/2006 01:42:00 AM, Blogger Coaster Punchman said...

Stunning. I'd wear that outfit today too! Though I probably couldn't fill it out.

CP

 
At 10/01/2006 02:34:00 AM, Blogger mellowlee said...

You were the rockinest girl there Beth! I would totally wear that outfit today! AND the glasses too! The angle may have been to avoid glare, but it's so dang cute!

 
At 10/01/2006 05:01:00 AM, Blogger barista brat said...

you were ROCKIN' that outfit!
i would so wear that today! and the bow really pulls the whole thing together ;)

 
At 10/01/2006 07:59:00 AM, Blogger Dale said...

You're one of a kind Beth. If we timed my cocky head twist and your sideways glance at just the right time, we might have ended up looking each other straight in the eye. Very cute.

 
At 10/01/2006 08:08:00 AM, Anonymous rcofchs said...

Beth,
Great picture, you were styling. Who are some of the other kids pictured?

 
At 10/01/2006 08:15:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

COASTER PUNCHMAN: Now that's a photo I'd like to see ...

MELLOWLEE: I hated having to pose like that at the time ... but now it is kind of cute, isn't it?

BRAT: The bow is key to the outfit, isn't it?

DALE: If we'd been in the same class, we would have no doubt joined forces and ruled the school!

RCOFCHS: From the left is Terri White and Anne McGee. The row behind me (L-R): Tiger Towery, Mike Puckett, some chick I don't recognize, Alan Horn, and Ginger "I'm Trash and I'm Evil" Vines.

 
At 10/01/2006 08:51:00 AM, Blogger Marni said...

So. Darn. Cute!

 
At 10/01/2006 09:31:00 AM, Blogger Ben Heller said...

You are too cute Beth, and I like the colour coordination. The shades of green seem very well thought out.

Fashion was obviously on the agenda.

 
At 10/01/2006 09:40:00 AM, Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Yes, that green is a hep colour now! What? No curly hair?
I just figured out how to scan! (Had to change some seeting to Platen, whatever that means! Found it quite by accident.
I'll post mine a day late, just as I did for Poetry Fri. on Sat.!! (The word was PINK and I just had to write about candy Floss and bubblegum!)

 
At 10/01/2006 12:10:00 PM, Blogger ziggystardust73 said...

brilliant outfit, Beth! what a style princess.

yes, I know how gay that sounds.

 
At 10/01/2006 01:33:00 PM, Blogger lulu said...

I did wear an outfit almost exactly like that on Thursday,l only with tights instead of the knee socks. Same color green sweater though, and the smae kind of skirt, and the shoes look frighteningly similar as well.

You look darling.

Is the girl in the flowered jumper wearing two different colored shoes?

 
At 10/01/2006 01:49:00 PM, Blogger Tanya Espanya said...

See, I need people to dress me. Excellent outfit, excellent pose.

Do you know what ever happened to the Girl Scout, the Girl With Different Shoes, and Sofia Coppola?

 
At 10/01/2006 02:56:00 PM, Blogger sKincarver said...

That's awesome. You look like you might be farting in the general direction of the Girl Scout, Brownie, etc.
"Take that, fascist!"

 
At 10/01/2006 05:20:00 PM, Blogger Jacob's Mom said...

I love the Elvis Costello look. What a cutie.

 
At 10/01/2006 05:37:00 PM, Blogger Bubs said...

You are soooo cooler than that apple-polisher in the Brownie uniform. What was it like being in school with that Forrest Gump kid standing behind you?

 
At 10/01/2006 05:57:00 PM, Blogger Grant Miller said...

Those aren't patent leather shoes, are they?

 
At 10/01/2006 05:58:00 PM, Blogger Dan said...

I agree with everyone else... very cute there girlie. I like the fact that you stand out against all the others!

 
At 10/01/2006 06:35:00 PM, Anonymous m said...

you stand out against all the others today!

 
At 10/01/2006 07:37:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

MARNI: Wish. I'd. Thought. That. At. The. Time.

BEN: We Southern belles were born with inate fashion sense and color balance. But I was still quite the geek.

MOTHER OF INVENTION: No curly hair. It was 1968 and I used to roll my hair so that it would be straight. I wanted Cher hair. (Looking forward to your upload, BTW).

ZIGGY: My mother is thrilled that the gay guy loved my outfit.

LULU: Post a photo of you in that outfit next week. I think Ann McGee's shoes just have a stain on this very old photo.

 
At 10/01/2006 07:41:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

TANYA (and the rest of you who are fascinated with the kids from Teasley Elementary):

TERRI WHITE (the Girl Scout): She became a cheerleader. A redneck, white trash cheerleader. She married a boy named Coy. I hope they're miserably living in a trailer somewhere in south Georgia.

ANNE McGEE (flowered dress): She became a stoner. No idea where she landed.

KELLY NELON (red dress): She left high school early to join her gospe star dad on the road. She's still a gospel star.

 
At 10/01/2006 07:45:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

SKINCARVER: Damn, I wish I had farted in their general direction. Their mothers smelled of elderberries.

JACOB'S MOM: I finally feel flatter. "The Elvis Costello look" makes me proud.

BUBS: I was a Girl Scout for a year. Didn't earn a single badge. I'm proud. And that Gump behind me was actually a bad boy.

GRANT MILLER: Of course they're patent leather. I was a good Southern girl.

DAN: Bet you're now regretting losing this hottie, huh? You want to see me in a kilt, don't you?

M: I think you have a crush on me.

 
At 10/01/2006 08:53:00 PM, Blogger justacoolcat said...

Another adorable kid. Even the glasses would be stylish these days.

 
At 10/02/2006 02:46:00 PM, Anonymous m said...

'bout time you noticed!

 
At 10/02/2006 03:14:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

JUSTACOOLCAT: Sad that they're in style, actually ... damn, I hated wearing those cat-eye glasses.

M: You should e-mail me. We should chat.

 
At 10/02/2006 11:32:00 PM, Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

Yes, a full two decades before "Ghost World" and Lisa Loeb, Beth rocked that look, like Elvis rocked the '68 comeback.

I think some royalties and credit are in order.

 
At 10/06/2006 02:44:00 PM, Blogger Dino aka Katy said...

sorry just now had time to chekc out the contest. very cute. now I need to pop over to everyone elses.

 
At 1/11/2007 02:43:00 PM, Anonymous Becky said...

I am friends with Kelly.

 

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