Prom season is under way, and we’ve already got one under our belt. Other than some sleep deprivation, and a twisted knee, I had a pretty good time working the after prom party recently, and evidently, so did the kids. After prom parties have been the norm de jour over the past years, and it’s a good thing, too – got to keep those kids occupied on prom night, because as we all know, stuff can and will happen. So after prom, and after-after prom parties are a good thing. Games, hire a hypnotist for same crazy fun, prizes for the kids, hey, it’s all good. A far, far cry from my prom days, which seem metazoan comparatively.
You all remember your prom era? Yep, seemingly, it comes rushing back like a can of New Coke, and a little embarrassingly, I might add. Well, the first thing I notice about today’s prom goers are how classy and elegantly they dress. Yeah, I know, it’s all relative, but really, the prom attire conglomerate has transcended itself, clearly. Smart splashes of color in ties and cummerbunds, against classic black or grey tuxes, beautifully styled dresses – wow, just lookin’ good, you know? Back in the day for me, guys were dressed just one short of looking like Lloyd and Harry in the infamous “Dumber And Dumber” scene - dresswear with colors not found in nature. But hey, it was the ‘70’s – fashion sense that was so outrageous, that it became retro, then stupid, then stupidly retro cool in the revolving door of culture. How did I get out of the house dressed like that? Whew. Anyway, I do wish I still had the old man’s immaculate 1974 Chevy Caprice to tool around in – that was a prom ride for a few years. My dates, as beautiful, smart, and elegant as they were, were subject to prom dresses with ruffles. Lots, and lots of ruffles. I think there was a cue taken from window dressings back then. Sure, it’s always amusing to go back to check out pictures from prom evenings, but boy, we could have dressed better. There’s no overestimating good taste, and no underestimating attire colors that would be better suited for a Jackson Pollack painting.
Back then, you went to prom, you went out to eat, and then, you were pretty much left to your own devices – not always a wise choice. Unless someone’s parent’s hosted a party for the kids, of course, there was just a treasure trove of trouble you could get into, and 95 percent of it could not end well, if we went that route. No need to delve any further into the unanswered underpinnings of what happened, because we know what we know, and we know too much. Fortunately, parents got hip and wise, and started the after prom party movement to keep the youngsters occupied. Energy gets transferred, not dissipated, and being around kids on prom night only reminds us all too well. But it’s all good, you know – this is one of the events of your high school era that you’re supposed to remember, and hopefully, for the better. Hey, just saying, but better to be playing a bag toss game at 3 a.m. with a bunch of your buds, and some supervising parents than, well, you get it.
So, even though myself, along with quite a few other parents, will be catching up on their sleep this week (like, do you ever when you are a parent?), The kids had a great time, and most importantly, they made it through all the festivities safely. Plus, it’s something parents and kids can experience, and have fun at, together, because we won’t get these days back, ever. My suggestion to those parents with kids coming up for their proms? Clear your schedule, keep an open mind, drink caffeine, and remember, it will all work out, believe me. You want prom night to be the night to remember, for you, and your kids.