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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Because the Best Thing about Prom is the Story

It's prom season, and you know what that means: drunk (on life, obviously; they know they aren't old enough to drink legally) and dressed up teenagers in various borrowed, midlife-crisis convertibles driving around with the wind in their corsages until it's dark enough to park by the soccer field and sneak under the fence into the (deserted) University President's House park so they can get pregnant kiss under the stars all romantic-like. Oh, yeah, and somewhere in there go to some lame dance the school is putting on so that they can take photos, and compare dresses and dates, and figure out who has the best stash of after-party booze Doritos.

Or, if you're less cynical and more romantic. It's prom season, and you know what that means: the perfect dress, loveliest shoes, most fragrant corsage, handsomest date, most delicious dinner, great dancing, best photos, most romantic afterparty, and a lifetime of "ohhh...Trey...you are sooo wonderful..." ever after.

I don't know about you, but in my experience, there is an awful lot of hype around prom that may or may not bear any actual relationship to the evening itself.

But proms sure tend to leave in their wake (in addition to the mascara covered, sobbing popular chick) a giant pile of fabulous stories...once you get old enough to see the humor in teenage "tragedy."

So, I'm proposing a little prom retrospective -- complete with side ponytails, and fluffy dresses, and blue eyeshadow, and all manner of fabulousness. Dig out the old photos, reminisce, tell the truth about what really happened that night (not the version you told your mom, but the version you told your best friend). Take the next week to think about it, and then on Tuesday, June 3, in honor of all that is lithe and lovely, or too dumb to know better, post your story for the rest of us.

Feel free to grab the button for your post. And be sure to tell all your friends it's prom season again! Then come back on June 3 (that's next Tuesday), and add yourself to the Mr. Linky you'll find here. And read everyone else's True Prom Story. You know you want to. All the cool kids are going to do it.

33 comments:

OHmommy said...

I wish I had a great prom story.

It will be fun to read everyone's else though. What a good idea, ;)

Amber said...

In Canada, we don't have prom, we have grad. I didn't have a boyfriend at the time so planned to go stag with some friends. My mom was so mortified that she found me a blind date. One who ws 6'6 and stared down my low-cut dress the whole night.

Ahhhh, memories....

lattemommy said...

You are so the popular chick for coming up with this idea. I love it! I'm in. I might even have photos...maybe.

Mr Lady said...

I think I got rid of my dress, which sucks, because for YOU, I'd put it on.

I'll see what i can remember. That was a LONG time ago!

Mrs F with 4 said...

In England, we didn't have proms... or graduation.... and having heard the stories from friends, I think I'm quite relieved! Being a teenager is quite mortifying enough, without further ritual humilaitions!

MommyTime said...

Bwahahahahah! Mrs F. "ritual humiliations" so totally describes at least one of my prom experiences! You are a wordsmithing genius. Please start your blog today!! Pretty please. (email me if you want any help at all setting it up, truly)

Amber, *snort* nice blind date.

OhMommy -- surely there must be a classy dress and anecdote in your past?!

Latte and Mr Lady -- PLEASE do photos too... and, really, Mr Lady, my prom was even longer ago than yours, and I can remember...

Mrs F with 4 said...

Dear Mommytime - you are so sweet - but as I mentioned, I am utterly overawed by all the great blogs out there (this, naturally, being the best...). And next time, I'll check for spelling errors before I post.

Auds at Barking mad said...

We are STILL recovering 'round these parts from my daughter's senior prom, last Saturday.

I don't even know how many girls ended up here beforehand to get ready, but it's going to take me a month of Sunday's to get all the residue from hair sprays and other assorted beauty supplies wiped off the walls and ceilings (she has some VERY tall friends!).

And because I am such a mean mom, I made her come straight home after prom, where we had a HUGE slumber party...yes co-ed. I'd rather have had the two boys who showed up amongst the fourteen girls than deal with sitting up, a huge ball of nerves and angst.

As far as the two proms I went to....good grief I don't know if I can recall that far back. I seem to remember loads of tulle - enough to make a bride envious - so much so that it was more like I was wearing a pink cloud, than a prom dress... I'll have to ask my mom if she still has the photos. If not, I'll have her take a picture of the much coveted "prom quilt." Yep, she took both of those bad boys, from my junior and senior proms made a huge quilt.

This is a wonderful idea!

LceeL said...

I went to an all boys Catholic High School. No prom, to speak of. Thank you, baby Jesus.

Stephanie said...

Oh now this is funny! But I am still to scared to post mine - seeing as how my mother reads my blog - regardless that I am 27, I am still terrified. Maybe I'll just post a picture. Will that work?

Aimeepalooza said...

This is going to be fun.

Steph said...

hmmm I will need to think about that one, but I will be sure to post!

McMommy said...

My prom story is bo-ring! But my dress...now THAT is worth posting a pic of...because I know how much everyone loves it when I make a fool of myself....heh heh...need I remind you of the time I posted my engagement pics?

mommypie said...

Yay! Did you ever get my email about this?? Let me know, 'cause I also had some Big Hair stuff in there ...

I'll definitely promote your awesome idea on my site ... even though my prom story is a bit embarrassing and I may not tell ... :)

Kimmylyn said...

ah.. what a fun idea.. I need to put this on the calendar.. I can't get over prom was 18 years ago.. ack!

chris said...

My daughter just got done buying everything for the prom, from the gown to the accessories.

Man, I don't remember prom being this expensive.

foolery said...

My prom stories (two junior proms, one senior ball) are BORRRRRING. I may have to make a bunch of stuff up. And I don't know there the pictures are, which is just as well, because Stacy and Clinton would come after me with t-shirt cannons, I SWEAR TO GAAHHHHH.

Great idea!

mommytherobot.blogspot.com said...
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mommytherobot.blogspot.com said...

mine would be a classic prom story of he's not really into you. god, my prom pic should be hillarious- braces and big hair!

K8spade said...

Gawd, I would have the LAMEST prom story ever. I had a religious boyfriend so there wasn't any getting pregnant on the football field goin on.

I don't remember anything! It must've sucked, because it was only 12 years ago, and you'd think I'd be able to remember what happened 12 years ago. Although I don't remember yesterday, either.

Tara R. said...

I thought that when she graduated from high school last fall, my college kid (freshman) would be done with prom. But her BF is a year younger and she attended his last month. I really don't remember much about mine, other than I went.

BusyDad said...

I did something really mean at prom and I haven't made good on it yet. this may be my chance...

Mr Lady said...

Mine's up, pathetic as it is. Enjoy!

MIQuilter said...

I so wish I had at least 1 excellent prom story... maybe I can make one up for the event. The real proms were far less interresting than they were billed to be.

Now, if we can include college "events"... we can get into something gossip-worthy.

secret agent mama said...

Here via Mr. Lady.

My prom story was posted a couple weeks ago through a Thursday Thirteen.

The Link!

musing said...

I'm in. My story has a bit of everything: goosebumps, tears, my first kiss, which btw was with a guy who wasn't really my date but was still sort of my date and he...oh, you'll just have to read it. :)

Also, found you thru Mr. Lady. *waves hello*

MommyTime said...

*waving* Hi Secret Agent Mama and Musing... so happy to have you here. There will be a linky on Tues the 3rd to link up your stories. Can't wait to read them.

BusyDad, PLEASE post. It will be nice to have something in addition to the girls-in-dresses stories. :)

Pictures, anecdotes -- even if it's "boring" -- let's just see what we all looked like [redacted] years ago!

MultiplesMommy said...

I am SO going to do this! They didn't call me "chicken lady" my senior year for nuthin'! Luckily, I DO have the perspective of 17 years to make me laugh and shake my head...

Lynette said...

well I dunno about PICTURES..but I can sure tell you my dramatic prom story

amanda said...

oh i love this idea!! how fun??

promise to come back on tuesday. although mines not a great story, i can't wait to read everyone else's!

happy POW :)

Manager Mom said...

I am STILL trying hard to forget my prom. My football player date thought that a prom invitation = a guaranteed night of teenage sex. I was not of the same opinion. I settled the argument by getting so drunk that I vomited EVERYWHERE. Effective, but embarassing.

Karen MEG said...

I've got a prom pic which I posted a little while ago...maybe I can link that in because, OMG, I have so little memory of what happened over two DECADES ago LOL!

Great idea, though. I came here via BusyDad and Kimmy.

wpat said...

OK, so for my junior prom at 16 I became a legend of my school. Somehow I had this "hottie at the time" waitress I worked with with a little crush on me. At 16, I matched the crush as any attention of an older woman is a crush. So she was 26 years of age and along with cocktailing at my place she was also a hooter's girl. At night she also frequently won bikini contests at local clubs. Eventually I heard she became a stripper but not until long after my prom. I asked her as a joke but she said yes, so I continued and took this 26 year old babe to my junior high school prom. What you can't see is my teachers giving me thumbs up all night, my PE coach pleading for her phone number the next day, the DJ recognizing her from last weeks bikini contest, and of course, my parents babysitting her 3 year old daughter at my house while we attended the dance and all night post-prom party at the Days Inn. Yup, my Dad even rented the room as I was not 18 yet. I was actually the youngest at my prom party that spanned 2 joined rooms, lots of co-workers, a few school buddies, a bathtub full of beer, and my date who changed into a skimpier dress than what she wore to the dance. Enjoy the pic and know this is a true story!

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