July 21, 2008

TV's influence

A post on Willow's blog about loving your ten year old self got me thinking...
I was just starting the awkward stage in 1977. Suddenly, being the "smart girl" was no longer cool in grade school. Even at age 10, appearance was starting to matter. In 1976, Dorothy Hamill won an Olympic gold medal for figure skating and caused a sensation with her hairstyle. One year later, and half the girls in school had a Hamill cut....
the other half, had Farrah bangs. I, of course, had neither. (I also never mastered the skateboard and I coveted a pair of white leather Nikes with a red swoosh) TV's influence was far reaching even in 1977...

So here's to loving that awkward, suddenly insecure 10 year old me. And being grateful this 41 year old knows it really doesn't matter.

28 comments:

Walk in the Woods said...

:)

Sweet!

LazyTcrochet said...

Aha.....I had both of those haircuts, but remember mine looking very similar to your picture as well. Very cool

Rosebud Collection said...

Isn't it funny, how we see things so differently as we grow older..

willow said...

I went through both the Farrah wings and the Hamil cut! Fun memories. You look like a ten year old with determination. Cute! :)

jkziel said...

aww you were a cutie--you didn't need a dorthy hamil or farah do!

Sarah McBride said...

I ahd the hamill cut when I was little. i also had the "shag" "the rachel" and the Monica Lewinsky(before she became infamous)

My 10 year old self was chubby, insecure and a tomboy. Thank goodness I no longer care and realize it isnt important what we look like as long as we are good people.
great post..and you were an adorable 10 year old!!

Sandra Ree said...

Being the smart girl in school is now popular again, along with being cute, and the pressure to be both is sometimes unbearable for these girls...I know, my daughter is 12.

Oh, and in 1977, I was celebrating the first year of my marriage! :)

Cicada Studio said...

10... what's that, 4th grade? I was busy crushing on boys and collecting Charlie's Angels trading cards. I can't say that I had any designs on "being" one of them. As far as my look - it was much like yours- long, long, long straight hair, no bangs. My mother wouldn't let me cut it, so there was nothing for me to dream about.

High Desert Diva said...

I don't remember Charlie Angels trading cards...damn!

My mom wouldn't cut my hair either. All three of my sisters had the Hamill cut...but not me :-(

Grizzly Mountain Arts said...

Very nice post! Wouldn't it be nice to know back then what we know now?

I too had both haircuts, and they were a lot of trouble and overrated :) I also was a skateboarder back when it wasn't cool and all I've got to show for THAT is a lot of arthritis in places that you can't see :)

I personally damaged the ozone layer with cans of Aquanet trying to get my feathered bangs to look just like Farrah's! LOL

ana dane said...

what a great post. i fully plan on getting lost in memories of what being 10 was like.

(as for hair, my sisters and i were those weird kids whose mom never bothered to get it cut, ever. so it was just long long long.)

littlebyRD said...

Ha ha!I had the Hamill haircut in kindergarden! Gosh, Farrah looks so cool in that picture. Great post!

Lavinia Ladyslipper said...

Dorothy the figure skater was so cute....I remember her "Breck girl" days.....it was her, wasn't it, selling that shampoo?

Karen from A`Musements said...

Yeah, somehow you and the Farrah bangs just doesn't sound right... I think SMART takes it every time. Bet Farrah wishes she had that SMART (and was 41!!! by the way) these days... See, good girls DO finish ahead!
xoxo
Karen

Karine said...

ugh - 10 year old me??? It's terrifying really. I couldn't grow hair (still can't, to be honest). It just breaks off. So I had awful, boy cuts. Glasses, and then by 7th grade I had braces to boot! I am relieved to be past all those stages. You were much cuter as a 10 year old than I!

Victoria said...

I remember in 9th grade sitting at a long table filled with girls, and everyone of them had the Farrah hair-do, (except me). My baby fine, super straight hair would never do what those other girls hair would do. I felt like some alien creature from a different planet! (But I also took pleasure in not being like them!) I've had a lot of hairstyles since then, but I always wind up going back to long and straight, and parted down the middle. It's the only style that really feels like "me".

Fog and Thistle said...

If only we could go back then and tell ourselves what we know now...aw, we probably wouldn't listen!

Michelle (hometc) said...

What a flashback, I definately had some of those Charlie's Angels trading cards in the third grade. My problem was that no one would trade with me:(

BrookeAhanaDaily said...

You are far cuter at 10 than Dorothy or Farrah any age.
I was dying for the Farrah hair and my Mom flat out refused to let me cut my super long locks - she was right once again and I never had a truly hideous awkward stage thanks to good ol' Mom!

Ann said...

Thanks for bringing me back to memory lane, I was one of those kids whose Mom brought to the parlor for a Hamill cut but weekly watches Farrah and the Angels on tv.

This is such a sweet post:)

M.Kate said...

from a sweet 10 year old to a 41 year hottie :P

GrayEyedScorpio said...

Amen to peace with our selves! I might "steal" this idea for a post.

Hey Harriet said...

I don't remember myself at 10 years of age. However, I do own an original Charlies Angels pinball machine from the 70s.

...which I'll be getting rid of with everything else. Sigh :(

Tizzalicious said...

How familiar is that! I remember being angry at my mom for giving handmade clothes. Now I am happy she taught me how to make them :)

Elizabeth said...

You looked lovely!
I don't think there is a picture of me at the age of 10. (Probably a good thing!!!)
How we long to look like other people when we are young.
I wanted to look like Twiggy in 1966.
Sadly, this never happened.
Farrah wings Hmmmmmm!

Esther said...

Here's to looking back and loving who we were!

Shiny Black Shoes said...

getting older rocks! love this post :)

Peggi Habets Studio said...

Great post. I remember doing a self portrait at 10 and purposely making it ugly because that was how I felt. I wished for Farrah hair but ended up with Dorothy hair which I hated! :-)