I Existed Before My Family And I Have Four Pictures To Prove It.

In honor of MY TRIP WITHOUT MY FAMILY, I am posting pictures of me BEFORE MY FAMILY. Because I DID exist. But only in like five pictures.  One of which had the number of drinks for the night etched on my arm.  The pen then ran out of ink.  The drinks didn’t seem to realize this.  So I did not include this picture.

Sorry I posted a picture of your butt in my blog, Aunt K. Please still edit my posts. It’s my only picture from 2000 where I’m not drunk. (Why yes, not-pictured picture number five IS from that year.  Thank you for asking.)

HAHAHA! I am a debutante!

My favorite line from my DEBUT!
Fellow debutante: I am SO hungover I should have swiped some of my mom’s Valium.

My favorite interaction from my DEBUT!
Fellow debutante: Where do you go to school?
Me: Brown.
Fellow debutante {laughing to other debutantes}: Oh. I couldn’t even FILL OUT that application.
Me: Why? You can’t write?

Surprisingly, I didn’t make a lot of friends (although that was the reason my parents forced me to participate). My sister in the yoga pose picture TOTALLY GOT OUT OF HER DEBUT. (I guess she already HAD friends.)

Me at medical school. (Before meeting Scott. Or maybe RIGHT WHEN I MET SCOTT. Or maybe when I thought I had strep throat. I’m probably drunk and should’ve left this picture out.)

Me throwing MYSELF a going away party. (It took me a long time to make good friends. Because I wear grass skirts to parties.)

And there we have it. I existed. And I STILL EXIST. In New Orleans. BY MYSELF.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on LateEnough.com, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

38 thoughts to “I Existed Before My Family And I Have Four Pictures To Prove It.”

  1. Haha – how do you come up with these great post ideas?? I have a picture of myself from my honeymoon where my tummy is *sleek* like Janet Jackson’s and I can’t believe I ever had a stomach like that (as I sit here feeling the rolls of fat jiggling around my middle).

    It is good to remember the old, pre-mom us too (and to maybe bring back some of that). I went through a deep period of mourning when I first became a mom because I felt like the old me had died. It was more than the flat belly of course – just everything that was familiar to me.

    You look gorgeous! Have a safe drive and fun time in New Orleans 🙂
    .-= Cecilia´s last blog ..Sigh…The Torture of being on Auto Pilot =-.

  2. I love you! You are such a beautiful girl. And those kids aren’t too slouchy, either! When I was young and beautiful, cars had just been invented, and I had to haul water up to the house from the creek. Time sure flies, doesn’t it? xo molly
    .-= molly campbell´s last blog ..MAY AND DECEMBER =-.

  3. Thank goodness you cleared that up. I was worried, you just, you know, poof appeared one day with two kids and a husband.

    PS Your guest post was hilarious…but I couldn’t comment, because of stupid Disqus being blocked. But, I read it. And, glad your kids survived your inability to hold their heads!
    .-= Krystyn´s last blog ..It’s your turn|PSF =-.

  4. Hahaha! You So Funny…are you sure you’re not drunk right now? I’ve always wondered what happens in the world of the Debutante. Thankyou for sharing the secrets of this cloaked society. I suddenly feel popular, and pretty and sort of rich. 🙂
    .-= Reasonably Chubby´s last blog ..Speaking Of Short People =-.

  5. I was at that deb ball. What fun! Didn’t one of your escorts (I think it was Sean) spill a drink on one of the other debutante’s dresses?

  6. Also, I was half-expecting to see the picture of you, me and Elliot sitting on the bench in front of Phi Psi (maybe Andy Miller was in it too) – remember? the one that looks like an album cover?

  7. Yeah I’ve got PLENTY of photos that prove you existed pre-marriage. Many of them will NEVER make an appearance on the internet 🙂

  8. What an awesome post – it’s making me wonder what four photos I’d use to prove my existence before family. (And if I’d be brave enough to post them.)

  9. What are we doing in that pic? Some sort of Yoga? I think that was the night you helped me with my senior speech! AHHH that still makes my heart pound!

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