Prom Dresses

February 19, 2011

Culture

It’s almost that time of year for public school students. The prom. By the way, WHAT does “prom” mean?! Is it short for something? When I was in high school, a bunch of students held a “morp” which is “prom” backwards. At the morp, we had to wear unformal clothes, such as sweat pants and hole-y t-shirts. We ate unformal foods, such as popcorn. And the morp theme song was “Dirty Laundry.” LOL.

But I did attend the prom in senior high. Oh well. It wasn’t all that great, and I’m no social butterfly even now. I think the proms attempt to fill in the need for formal events that our society no longer holds, kind of like the ballroom events from Pride & Prejudice. What girls doesn’t sigh over that? It’s nice to dress up in pretty dresses and suits, and pretend that the be-pimpled gawky kids in your grade are actually elegant for a few hours. And of course, a nice Night Moves prom dress makes it better.

Did you go to your prom? Did you like it? Honestly, I didn’t like my prom and if I could go back in time, I’d just skip it. Instead, I’d get a fancy dress, pop a ton of popcorn, and watch Pride & Prejudice with my gal pals. Now THAT’S dancing way back when.

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8 Responses to “Prom Dresses”

  1. Renee Says:

    LOL Love your story of a morp! šŸ™‚

  2. lin Says:

    Prom is different now because you don’t have to have a date to go–you can go with your girlfriends or guy friends, which is nice. I went to prom because my mom all but forced me to go. Back in the day, you HAD to have a date and there were a lot of miserable people going with people they didn’t want to go with just to go. That would be me. My prom date was an idiot. An then I had to spend the next day with Mr. McGrabby and I wanted to kill myself. It was horrible.

    This past spring, I told my son to go to prom ONLY if he wanted to go. It isn’t all that it is cracked up to be, so chose wisely. He went to another school’s prom with his friends from that school. He had a blast and I’m glad he had a nice time with no pressure.

  3. BigD Says:

    I did not go to my prom.
    The one and only guy I would have gone with (alas, an unspoken crush on my part) thought it was lame and wasn’t going. We were good buddies–so, to him, I’m sure it would have been like going with his sister.
    And there was NO WAY I was going stag with my group of girl friends.
    Plus, I had a livestock judging contest the next morning three hours away (along side crush-boy), so I set my priorities and opted out.
    I don’t really miss or regret having not gone.
    I agree…I think it’s a substitute for what once was in society.
    And, yes, the fabulous dress would’ve been the best part.
    Only, these days, I’ve seen a few that I think go under the category “trashy” instead of “formal”.

  4. Rebecca Says:

    Renee, the morp was WAY cooler than the prom. But it was still a “social” thing and I didn’t like that stuff much. I was a serious young lady. I preferred small company where we actually DID something.

  5. Rebecca Says:

    I’m so glad it’s different today. It’s also VERY cool that your son listened to you, and had a blast in so doing. šŸ˜€

  6. Rebecca Says:

    Big D: DITTO DITTO DITTO. Too bad so many dresses are trashy today. Unfortunately, it reflects the culture….

    Thanks for your comment!

  7. Tracy Says:

    I didn’t go to prom. I sold my free tickets for $100.

    My daughter went but I refused to spend a lot of money on her dress. We’ve bought three dresses for proms all for less than the shoes cost.

  8. Rena Says:

    I did not go to the prom. I am not one to spend a lot of money on clothes and accessories. I am not sure if I would have liked it or not if I did go. If I went with a bunch of friends, I probably would have had a blast. However, none of my friends were going either…so that was that.