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Prom time

Opened my campus e-mail to find an announcement about prom committee meeting tomorrow.  It made me think back on springtime formal dances. 

In the Dark Ages, when we were in high school, juniors had the Ring Dance, when our class rings were presented to us at a formal tux and  long gown event.  Seniors had their prom.  In that hippie era, by the time we hit senior year, Mike and I were both kind of jaded, anti-extablishment types, so we skipped our prom. 

When our kids were in school, they all attended prom.  The girls didn't have a Ring Dance, since we'd moved here, and the school was too small to support two such expensive events.  Very big deal for a tiny academy. 

I am still with my high school sweetheart, and so is our middle child, the only married one.  We used to laugh about prom here that the kids spent so much time and meney on their dresses, hair, nails, and limos for the Big Arrival, you would have thought it was a Hollywood premier.  A few days later, they were not speaking to the date that took them, and no one wanted to pick up the prom portraits that they had thought would be lifelong treasures only a week before. 

So my prom memory is that we decided not to go, but we are still in love with the one we were with on Prom Night, 41 years ago.  I would rather it turned out this way, than the other way around. 

How about you...got a prom memory you want to share? 

Anyone have a kid going to prom this spring?

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I went to prom with my DH.  Our son has prom this year.  His girlfriend has a beautiful red dress.  Thier plan is to "arrive" at the school on one of his tractors, therefore the Red theme.  We have to go tux hunting soon, but the weather on weekends just isn't cooperating well.  She has to have her dress hemmed and taken in a bit, so we could take the cut off from the hem job with us to the tux shop.  My dresses where both homemade.  The boys here at home laugh at our pictures. Me with homemade "ugly" dress and husband with colored tux and long hair.  That was 1979-1980. 

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DD goes this year, her dress...sleeveless ..purple and jewel stuff in the front.  Her and her bf will check out tux soon.  My sister is great at sewing so will hem and take in her dress a bit.  We found the dress at the store here in town, I was surprised at all the dresses they had for being a small town.  They will not sell a dress to another girl if it has been purchased.  in another color but not the same color.  Pictures will be on facebook when the time comes Smiley Surprised)

 

S.

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I really enjoyed the Grand Marches when our GD and GS were attending their proms. Of course, proms are very different now with the expensive, sexy dresses and after prom parties. Some include expensive dinners too. They brought back good prom memories for my DH and me. I recently threw out my lime green short prom dress with lots of ruffles but I still have the pretty baby blue dyed-to- match heels from another prom.

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Homemade dresses!  Who would get caught dead in one at a prom today?!?

My ring dance dress was high-necked, long-sleeved ( puffy) with a gathered skirt.  Probably enough yardage to make a full set of drapes...but too ugly for that!  I hadn't thought about it in a LONG time, until today. 

In retrospect, I think it was a lot like those dresses the polygamist cult people wear in "Big Love," only more concealing..  Talk about sexy!

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Speaking of homemade prom dresses, my sister has made a couple for some girls in the last couple of years, no one knew the difference uless you told them.

 

After prom party at the school...anyone have some ideas??  the parents are having a meeting tommorrow (thursday)night about it, and new and fresh ideas would be great!!  any out there?

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S.

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Plenty of games, beverages, snacks, and door prizes. Entertainment usually keeps the majority of prom goers at the PPP. We had a casino night with play money to buy raffle tickets for prizes given throughout the night. Now, the prom is held in a hotel 30 miles away. Does this scenario give you thoughts of what could occur. Smiley SadThere will always be the few that will not attend. Outcasts, drunks, older dates and nonschool dates. There is a rule at the school that doesn't allow dates that do not go to the same school  to attend dances. Do any of yours have a similar rule? Do you think it will create a greater chance that the students will find alternative forms of entertainment (sex, drugs, alcohol, reckless driving)?

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Well, I'm still married to my date for the Sr. AND Jr. prom.  45 yrs. last Dec.  Oh, we've had our rough times but we haven't bailed out yet!  LOL 

I remember one girl wasn't allowed to bring her date to the Sr. prom because he was out of school.  Smiley SurprisedAn older man!!  They've been married as long as we have.

Brings up another subject.  Marriage at 18 was really not out of the ordinary back in '60s.

And being parents soon after wasn't unusual either.  But I can't imagine my 18 yr. old GS married & being a daddy-God forbid! 

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I loved prom! When I was a junior, my boyfriend at the time was a senior at another school, so we got to go to both proms, which was fun. Then I had a different boyfriend for my senior year and his senior year (he was a year younger), so I went for three years. By the third year, my dad was happy when my mom and I found a dress rental place so he didn't have to shell out the bucks for another one, LOL! 

 

I had my 20-year class reunion last summer, and my girlfriends and I thought it would be goofy fun if we posed for a picture in the same positions we were in at our senior prom. I'm so glad I got this pic with my girls ... they are still my best friends, even though the boyfriend is long gone, LOL! Here we are! (That's me on the very far right.)

 

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My gold dress is still hanging in the closet at my parents' house, and my girlfriend Suzie (who still has her pink dress at her dad's house) have challenged each other to lose enough weight by our 25-year reunion to break out the prom dresses and wear them again!

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Lisa, that is so cool!!  My prom dresses are long gone.  My dad was just as much OCD as my mom.  Threw them out.  He also threw out some antique quilts my gr. aunt made (well, they had some holes in them) and his childhood rocking chair (the seat was split).  I got to the point I would tell him before he threw out so & so to call me-I'd take it.  Of course that's probably why my house is a disaster!

I did try the dress I wore to DS's wedding the other day.  I had gained weight since then so I was thrilled it fit.  I'll probably never wear it again but it was so pretty I can't part with it yet.  Hmm, do they dress up that much on cruises?

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