It’s Road Trip Wednesday! This week, the folks over at YA Highway have come up with this painful topic: It’s almost prom season, and since we love to read and write about teenagers, we want to hear your prom stories!
I think my stomach actually clenched a little when I read that topic. Really? Prom. Ugh! Okay… here goes.
The year was 1987. This was my junior year, and it went so poorly that I refused to go to prom senior year even when a friend asked me to go just as friends! How stupid was I? It would’ve been way more fun to go with someone as “just friends.”
I’m sorry to report my prom dress included an unfortunate abundance of pink. And lace. There will be NO PICTURES with this post but trust me, it happened. Mary Mac if you are reading and would like to corroborate, feel free.
I suspect there was an enormous argument with my mother about this dress and she must’ve won because how else would I have ended up in pink and lace? Or maybe I was past my Janet Jackson “nothing-but-black” phase by this point. I don’t remember. I think this is one of those things where my brain has blocked an unpleasant memory. My brain has blocked out large chunks of the high school years.
My date was my boyfriend at the time.* And we promptly broke up afterward. Funny, I seem to remember a lot of couples breaking up after prom. The band that played was actually a band of some notoriety at the time and we all wondered how the prom committee had gotten them to play at a high school prom. After watching their obviously alcohol- and/or drug-induced performance, though, I think it’s safe to say they were wondering the same thing. They might have broken up with their manager after that.
The boyfriend attended a different school. We had met at camp the summer before. (Queue “Summer Nights” music from Grease.**) His school’s prom happened to be scheduled on the very same night as my school’s prom. I distinctly recall him saying we could go to my school’s prom – no big deal. So why he acted like a complete douche canoe about it the entire night, I have no idea. And what a waste! The post-prom party was a paddle boat ride down the Mississippi River. Many a couple took advantage of that exceptionally romantic setting and we were probably the only couple not engaged in permanent lip-lock that night.
Thus, the break up. Oh well, every prom has its story, right? What is yours?
* Name has been omitted to protect what I’m sure has turned out to be a fine, fine man. I’m guessing.
** Sorry for getting that song stuck in your brain. Really.