Return of the 80s

While Anita and I were cleaning out boxes last night, I stumbled upon where I hid some treasures, including teen diaries, weird poems a friend wrote me, and the BEST were these photos from around 1983, which seem to have been singled out for some reason. We got quite a kick out of the fashion statements in the photos, so I thought I’d share a few.

80s perm and 80s soccer team! I still remember some of the players’ names. I think this is what I look like to myself, when I picture myself in my mind.

By the way, I have cropped a few of them, because I didn’t want to put photos of my boyfriend at the time up in public without his permission. He’s a nice guy (and brilliant) and I like him, so he is not cropped from spite!

I had a lot of fun identifying where the photos were taken. I assume if I get it wrong, my brother or sister will let me know.

I don’t have many pictures of my mom from this era, since she was feeling pretty sick (she passed away in 1984, when everything in my whole life fell apart at once, but hey, growth occurred). But she looks happy here, and so does my brother, who was struggling at the time taking care of her and trying to go to college. We were all having a less than ideal time.

Mom, Maury, and our “sister,” Pumpkin. This is in front of our house in Plantation.

But much of the time we had fun, which is why I include this great picture of Pumpkin, my first dachshund mix, wearing a sweater I knitted for her. Doesn’t she look spiffy?

Such a good dog. Same size and shape as Vlassic, under the sweater.

Then, there are all these lovely fashions and moods. I was extra moody here. I must have been trying to look like a business person for some job application.

This is in my parents’ living room. I have that embroidery in my own house now, and I still have the crocheted table cloth. I still have the pearls and the earrings, but sadly, not the shirt. I loved that shirt.

And here I am wearing a belt. I’m sure that’s why the photo was taken, because even back in my slimmer days, I was not a fan of belts. I’m in my sister Canova’s back yard in Miami, which was on a cool lagoon with iguanas. She had a huge avocado tree in front, too.

I kept those boots for YEARS! Luckily, I eventually discovered I did not need perms.

I knitted a lot in the 80s. Here’s me and Canova. This was my mood through much of grad school. The sullen scholar. But I loved that top and it lasted for decades.

Merry Christmas! I still like hats.

Next, to finish things off is me showing exactly how much I loved good ole Pumpkin. Life was good. I was sitting in my favorite chair with my dear little doggy friend. I still have the chair.

I think I scared the dog with all this glee. And what’s that? A bare arm? That also didn’t happen often.

Farewell from the 80s. At least now you know what my natural hair color was!

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

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