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25 Photos Proving Your Parents Were Awesome — You Know, Before YOU Came Along

My parents were awesome. So were yours. They all might still be. You know, if we hadn’t come along and ruined it for them.

Eliot Glazer gets that our parents had stories — and interesting ones, at that — before we were born. Which is hard to imagine. You know, since we just assume that we are what make our parents interesting.

So Glazer collected photos. Lots and lots of them. Photos of our parents. Being awesome. Before us. It’s still hard to imagine, until you look at the photos and realize that parents were people, too. You know, before they were parents.

Check them out:

 

  • My Parents Were Awesome 1 of 26
    cover32

    Then I came along.

  • Denine 2 of 26
    130

    "I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living."
    ― Dr. Seuss

  • Lowell 3 of 26
    2213

    "Why fit in when you were born to stand out?"
    ― Dr. Seuss

  • Lone & Jan-Erik 4 of 26
    63

    "You'll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut."
    ― Dr. Seuss

  • Marilyn 5 of 26
    33

    "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."
    ― Dr. Seuss

  • Terry Ryan 6 of 26
    2314

    "Being crazy isn't enough."
    ― Dr. Seuss

  • Darko 7 of 26
    1822

    "Today is your day, your mountain is waiting. So get on your way."
    ― Dr. Seuss

  • Bruce & Julie 8 of 26
    1821

    "To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world."
    ― Dr. Seuss

  • David and Sonja 9 of 26
    42

    "You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams."
    ― Dr. Seuss

  • Rochelle and Mike 10 of 26
    29

    "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."
    ― Dr. Seuss

  • Emily & Julian 11 of 26
    2114

    "You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child."
    ― Dr. Seuss

  • Samella & Jasper 12 of 26
    81

    "I'm glad we had the times together just to laugh and sing a song, seems like we just got started and then before you know it, the times we had together were gone."
    ― Dr. Seuss

  • Bob & Peta 13 of 26
    72

    "They say I'm old-fashioned, and live in the past, but sometimes I think progress progresses too fast!"
    ― Dr. Seuss

  • Rose 14 of 26
    2412

    "Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!"
    ― Dr. Seuss

  • Donna & Harry 15 of 26
    2514

    "From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!"
    ― Dr. Seuss

  • Robin and Darrell 16 of 26
    53

    "If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good."
    ― Dr. Seuss

  • Mike & Ann 17 of 26
    1119

    "Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!"
    ― Dr. Seuss

  • Kassy & Blair 18 of 26
    1022

    "Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one."
    ― Dr. Seuss

  • Nancy 19 of 26
    92

    "Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You."
    ― Dr. Seuss

  • Jose Paz 20 of 26
    1217

    "Think and wonder, wonder and think."
    ― Dr. Seuss

  • Kevin 21 of 26
    1320

    "Look at me!
    Look at me!
    Look at me NOW!
    It is fun to have fun
    But you have to know how."
    ― Dr. Seuss

  • Val 22 of 26
    1424

    "Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope."
    ― Dr. Seuss

  • Frederic 23 of 26
    1523

    "I know, up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here at the bottom we, too, should have rights."
    ― Dr. Seuss

  • Romildo and Teth 24 of 26
    1619

    "Oh, the things you can find if you don't stay behind!"
    ― Dr. Seuss

  • Gail 25 of 26
    1718

    "Today I shall behave, as if this is the day I will be remembered."
    ― Dr. Seuss

  • Demetre and Paraskevi 26 of 26
    2016

    "Cause when a guy does something stupid once, well that's because he's a guy. But if he does the same stupid thing twice, that's usually to impress some girl."
    ― Dr. Seuss

All photos used with permission from Eliot Glazer

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