Tomorrow is the prom (just had to make that pink to go with that fab dress in the photo) which the oldest (the one who used to be teeny tiny with a head-full of crazy blonde curls and a little chipmunk voice and who now is 6’+) will attend. Kind of last minute. Kind of really last minute. He didn’t want to go. Doesn’t have a girlfriend. Not into it, until a few days (hours) before, when he decided that it might be do-able.
The world of proms is about as foreign to me as the tribal mating dance of the B’laan: the poor kid is stuck with two parents who are totally prom ignorant. My husband grew up in a prom-less land, and I went to a promless school. Got invited to one, but that’s a long story.
Surely there is some protocol, etiquette, rules that must not be broken, and surely we are breaking them all, however well intentioned we may be. I suppose we could have sought advice. Hired a prom consultant or at the very least asked one of the wise prom survivors on our block. But we didn’t. Instead we flailed along, hopeful.
We got the tux. We got the wrist corsage (which hopefully will survive the night in the fridge…knowing this clan someone might eat it). We’ve invited his date and her parents to come over for lemonade and pictures prior to the pre-prom party which is before the prom (the post-prom being pronounced prohibited by his date’s Mom, which I can fully understand, she’s only 15). Pre, Pre-pre, Post…it’s like a new language, or a surgery.
So, we’re trying. Hoping we don’t commit any faux pas that will haunt the poor girl for life or forever estrange us from the community of perfect prom parents. Eeek!
(P.S. looking at this picture reminds me of the thermometer my mother broke while taking my temp on Thanksgiving when I was little, which shattered and sent mercury all over the place…no turkey for us that year!)
(P.S.S. I wish she were here and I could ask her for prom advice…sigh)
Praying to the prom gods that all will go well tomorrow and to the fever gods that they will lower it a few digits.
Now, where was that recipe for watermelon lemonade?
Need some. Now.