10+ Times Kids Realized Their Parents Were Smarter And Cooler Than Them

A lot of us are obsessed with vintage stuff nowadays, from clothes to music to generally wishing we had grown up in the 60s. We often forget, however, that our dear old parents were the ones who started all those trends we now admire.

Internet users are now sharing photos of their parents when they were young and hip, and it’s pretty much safe to say that they were about a hundred times cooler than us. Maybe it was all the psychedelic rock, Mustangs, and mullets. Maybe it was the fact that, as one user commented, they “played outside and didn’t have memes.” Either way, the days of peace and love certainly look a lot more blissful than where we’re at now.

#1 My Mother When She Was A Tank Instructor In 1984

#2 My Mother Skateboarding Barefoot In California In 1974

#3 My Mom At 16 Yrs Old With Her Camaro In 1975

#4 My Dad Sculpting A Bust Of My Mom 1980s

#5 Late 1960’s, My Dad

#6 A Friend Of My Father’s, Telling Off A Klan Member. Auburn AL, 1985

#7 My Dad Being Infinitely Cooler Than I’ll Ever Be (1980)

#8 My Dad, Taken For Surfer Magazine. Peru, 1977

#9 My Dad Skateboarding At Hyde School 1982. I Think He Was Cooler Than Me

#10 My Dad Wasn’t Famous, But His Moves Were Pretty Cool (1977)

#11 My Dad’s First Car, A 1939 Ford. He Bought It With His Own Money That He Earned Farming (And Drove It Daily). He Was 11 When He Bought It, So This Photo Was Taken In 1948

#12 My Mom In Moscow 1975. From All The Stories She’s Told Me About Her Travels, I Wouldn’t Be Surprised If She Was A Spy

#13 I Found A Photo Of My Dad Cooking A Barbecue On Top Of A Moving Submarine

#14 My Dad In Saudi Arabia In The 70’s Working As A Us Military Contractor Diving In The Red Sea

#15 48 Beers And A Unicycle. My Dad In The Early 80s

#16 My Mom When She Lived In Alaska With Her Husky Puppy, Okie


#17 My Dad In The 70’s Doing What He Loves. Father To 4 Boys. More Man Than Myth Or Legend

#18 My Mom And Dad On Their Wedding Day – 1980

#19 My Moms Selfie Before It Was Cool (1989)

#20 My Dad Teaching Math In Southern California (Late 70’s/Early 80’s)

#21 My Mom Skating With A Broken Wrist In The Late 70’s

#22 My Dad In France Is The ’70s (Ryan Gosling Might Need A Paternity Test)

#23 So I Was Going Through Some Old Photos And I Found This. My Dad Holding Magic Johnson And Looking Incredibly Bad-Ass While Doing It

#24 My Mom Winning The Pie Eating Contest By Beating All The Boys, 1950

#25 Mom Wasn’t The Pilot, But She Was A Tech On The F-4 Phantom Back In The 80’s

#26 My Mom Working At Nasa, 1974

#27 Me Looking Up To My Fighter Pilot Dad In The Late 1980’s


#28 My Dad In Alaska, Circa 1980. I Hope To Be Half The Man He Is One Day

#29 My Father In 1982. When I Asked Him What He Was Doing In This Photo, He Said, “Shooting An Album Cover. Duh”

#30 My Dad And His Cousins, Back In The Day. I Don’t Think The Cool Gene Was Passed Down To Me

#31 My Mother And Father Being Young And Awesome On Santorini Island, Greece, 1985. I Was Conceived There

#32 Dad In 1969. I’d Love To Know How This Happened

#33 Mom’s ‘Garden’ 1980’s

#34 My Mom Thinks She Is So Hardcore In Her Fleetwood Mac Tank Top At Age 18, 1982

#35 My Cool AF Dad At 19 (1973)

#36 My Friend’s Dad Trained Seals In The Navy. This Was What His Everyday Job Looked Like

#37 My Dad And Uncle At Their Joint Wedding, 1970’s

#38 My Girlfriend’s Dad After Flipping His ’73 Mustang On The Highway

#39 When My Dad Was 16, He Entered His Name In A Drawing, For What He Thought Was A Sports Jacket, At A Local Shoe Store. The Drawing Was Actually For A 1967 Shelby GT500. He Won

#40 My Mom Circa 1986


#41 My Mom Looking For Her Prom Date 1969

#42 My Dear Mom In The 70s With Her German Shepard And Manta

#43 My Dad And His Pet Monkey In Vietnam, 1966

#44 My Dad At Marching Band Practice, 1985

#45 My Mom Being Infinitely Cooler Than I’ll Ever Be… Without A Saddle (Late 70s)








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