Puff Daddy

October 22, 2010 | My Jottings

I regret to inform you that this is Michael and me.

The year was 1986 (o, thou illustrious decade!), and I assure you when we were driving to the photography studio we did not know we looked so, uh, distinctive.

It may seem hard to believe, but for glasses, people really did wear small windshields on their faces that reached almost to the bottom of their noses. You may also doubt this, but it was not considered particularly strange for men to have puffier hair than their wives. And for approximately seventeen days in the mid-eighties, it was thought to be very stylish to wear our shirt collars standing straight up.

We were chic.

We were exceedingly dynamic.

We were young.

Now we are none of the above.

Twenty-four years later, Michael’s hair no longer bears the slightest resemblance to his locks in this photo, and neither does mine. So much has changed since this shot was taken.

But one thing has not changed, one thing is still true about us after all these years.

We’re still smiling.

*        *        *        *        *

…He puts a smile on my face…He’s my God.

Psalm 42:11b – The Message


  1. layla says:

    Mr. Balmer always look so proud in photographs with you. i love it.

  2. Just Julie says:

    What a nice thing to say, Layla! I never noticed that but now you’ve given me more reason to smile. And you should call Mr. Balmer Michael. Or Puff Daddy. 🙂

  3. Savannah says:

    1. I love big glasses. LOVE them.
    2. I adore big hair. ADORE it.
    3. Popped collars… have already made a comeback.
    4. I love this picture.

  4. Just Julie says:

    Is there anything you don’t love, Savannah? Sounds like time for a post on your blog…. 🙂

  5. Sharon says:

    I believe the correct term is now “P.Diddy.”

  6. Just Julie says:

    You are correct, Sharon. But P. Diddy didn’t work as well with Dad’s hair. 🙂

  7. Ember says:

    This is how you can tell I am the exact same vintage: I just looked at that lovely photo and thought ‘Oh look, how nice there’s a photo of Julie and Michael when they were younger!’

    I never could do this thing with clothes. My daughters would say ‘Oh, Mum, that’s so 80s!’ and I’d be saying ‘Is is? How can you tell?’

    There’s a reason God wants me in Plain dress.

  8. Jessica says:

    I think it’s actually just “Diddy” now. I can’t keep up.

Leave a Comment

Please note: Comment moderation is enabled and may delay your comment. There is no need to resubmit your comment.