The One with the wrinkle-free skin

April 17, 2013

Me as a teenagerI was about 13 when this photo was taken – we were on our first trip to Canada and the US, and having had a brilliant time in Toronto and New York, we’d arrived in Washington DC, where it was about 95F. At this time, there were lots of no go areas, so we spent a lot of time not feeling particularly safe and being told to turn back and go a different way by the cops who were everywhere. Years later, when I returned to Washington for my birthday, it had changed completely, and is definitely one of my favourite cities.

As you can see, I was very gangly – I seem to be all neck and arms, and I was already colouring my hair. I’m doing my trademark pout, which is basically the natural shape of my lips, although people ALWAYS accuse me of pouting. Although I probably was being a bit sulky – I was definitely a typical teenager in the sulk stakes.

I don’t regret anything I’ve done with my life and I’m very happy where I am now. I don’t really want to go back to being a gangly teenager. But there’s one reason this photo does make me weep. And that’s my wrinkle-free skin. *sobs*


*This is my entry for The Gallery and the theme this week is ‘youth’.

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  • Mammasaurus April 18, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    I am with you on this – I get the same feeling every time I see my teenage daughter!

  • Kelly Wiffin April 18, 2013 at 9:14 am

    I wish I had the body that I had when I was 15! No chance of that happening now! Plus I am getting wrinkles!

  • Lous Lake Views April 17, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Awww I feel your pain, although I wouldn’t want to go back to being a teenager either…hormones, boy trouble, no way!

  • Jaime Oliver April 17, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    I hear your sobs! i feel the same about my pictures. 🙂 x

  • Susan Mann April 17, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Love seeing the old pictures in this prompt. Great pic. x

  • LauraCYMFT April 17, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Great photo. Love the pout. I don’t miss my teenage years although I do miss being carefree!

  • Sarah MumofThree World April 17, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Damn you, wrinkle free skin! You look beautiful and a lot more grown up than 13.

  • Tara April 17, 2013 at 10:37 am

    LIZBETH! That is a gorgeous photo

  • Mother Goutte April 17, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Lovely pic 🙂
    And we didn’t even appreciate our wrinkle free skin at the time…

  • The Mini Mes and Me April 17, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Gorgeous lips, pouting or not! x

  • Helen (SaveEveryStep - family stories past & present) April 17, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Loving those beads. So 80’s. Sadly all my wrinkle free pictures are always marred by either bad fashion or awful hair

  • Louise April 17, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Beautiful photo xxx

  • Notmyyearoff April 17, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Ahhhh wrinkle free skin and non-grey hair – those were the days!! Your trip sounds fantastic!