From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

High School Prom This Weekend

All In The Family... Life in Christian County, Kentucky...



Isaac's senior year-end events have begun. His prom is on Saturday night.

Last year, his date cancelled out on him at the last moment, but he went to prom anyway and had a good time. This year he is taking a different girl, and I don't think she's going to cancel out on him. She's excited about the whole event.

Isaac in tuxTonight after school, I went with Isaac to pick up his tuxedo at the rental place. He has a silvery-gray vest and tie. It looks very spiffy. The vest's color is intended to match the color of his date's dress.

As it happened, his friend from school was there trying on his tux also, so I photographed them, but I won't post it since I don't have a photo release for the friend. However, here's a crop of Isaac from the photo, looking a little frazzled after the struggle of putting the thing on.

Then we did a drive-by of the girl's house about 8 miles out in the country on a different side of Hopkinsville, just to make sure that Isaac knows how to get there and get back home again.

Isaac and date are going to a supper party before prom at a classmate's house and an after-prom party at another classmate's house.

The juniors rented the Convention Center for this year's prom, so it's going to be quite an event. Hopkinsville has a nice, new Convention Center. Several proms were held there last year, and perhaps the popularity of the facility explains why our prom is not being held on Kentucky Derby weekend for the first time in years.

At the beginning of prom (I think from 7:00 -8:00 p.m.), the promenade part of the night is held. The tradition is that each student or couple is announced grandly and applauded as they walk through an arch and down a path. It's their moment in the spotlight.

Parents (or anyone, I suppose) can attend the grand-entrance hour. There's always a big crowd of observers. The juniors charge a couple dollars per head entry fee, and it helps bring in some money. It also gives parents an opportunity to admire the expensive outfits their children are wearing!

I will go. That will be my opportunity to get a few snapshots of Isaac and his date.

In just a month, we'll be going to Isaac's graduation. I can't tell you how hard that is to believe. The years go too fast.

Prom tuxedos waiting at tuxedo rental shopTuxes awaiting pickup at the tuxedo rental shop


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2 comments:

Collagemama said...

Please remind Isaac to zip his fly even though he's wearing the cummerbund! This is part of a classic story in our family, and always good advice.

Genevieve said...

I will give him your advice, and I must say, it certainly seems like good advice! :)

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