My parents were awesome.

It is difficult to pinpoint what is so compelling about ‘My Parents Were Awesome’.

The simple question – how did your folks look before they were parents? – is the basis for this extraordinary photoblog. Blogger Eliot Glazer knew that “Before the fanny packs and Andrea Bocelli concerts, your parents (and grandparents) were once free-wheeling, fashion-forward, and super awesome.”

Glazer invites people to send in photos of their parents to share on the site, My Parents Were Awesome. The result is simply fantastic. The pictures are special because they are so normal – lots of happy snaps and candid shots. It’s like flicking through someone’s photo album. There’s a lot of young love to see, a lot of funny fashions and lots of guys leaning on cool, sporty cars not built for baby seats!

When I was little there was a photo of my parents in the family album that I would look at again and again. They were just engaged, my mum is perched on my dad’s knee and her beehive hairdo and their stovepipe pants seemed so cool. I’m digging that picture out and sending it to Glazer – hopefully it makes the blog but either way my parents were, and still are, awesome.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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