September 17 13

When I was in seventh grade I was boy crazy, NKOTB and The Mickey Mouse Club crazy, and rocked a really crazy half grown-out bad-idea perm.

Oh yes.

(I mean, who doesn’t take photos next to giant rotary phones these days?)

bad-idea perm


I don’t really remember how I spent my spare time, but I’m sure it included wearing a Debbie Gibson hat and clothing from UNITS. And experimenting with blue eye shadow.

My seventh grader, though, she is like, “Hey! I was bored by the regular old cup trick—sorry Anna Kendrick—so I decided to take it up a notch and turn it into a medley. It’s kind of an experiment, but would you mind taping me doing it?”

And then BAM, it’s awesome. My 12-year-old self probably would have love-hated Emily.

One thing is for sure.

Well, two.

I will never force my daughters to get permed.

And it will never, ever be quiet in my house.


  1. oh the perm. My mom made me get one to help me add some spice to my pin straight hair.
    I looked like one of those white yippie dogs that you want to punt across the freeway.


    Comment by Kimberly on September 17, 2013
  2. That. Was. Awesome.


    ali replied on

    You’re talking about the perm, right?


    aly replied on



    Comment by aly on September 17, 2013
  3. I watched this the other day when you posted it, and all I can say is how amazing your (not so) little girl is. She has so much talent there, it is unbelievable.


    Comment by Darcey on September 17, 2013
  4. Amazingly talented for 12 years old.


    Comment by Dawn on September 17, 2013
  5. Amazing!

    Also I had permed short hair! IT WAS SO BAD!


    Comment by Kristabella on September 17, 2013
  6. Not only does she do an amazing job with making music with the cups but her singing voice just blows me away! I can’t wait to show my 6 year old daughter – she is going to want to become a mini-Emily!


    Comment by Nellie on September 17, 2013
  7. Amazing job Emily! Love the song!



    Comment by Jenn on September 17, 2013
  8. That is awesome, can’t believe how much older she seems than my marchie. She looks taller than him too ..7th grade grils really do mature daster than the boys! She rocked her version of cups!


    Comment by Sarah on September 17, 2013

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