Prom is coming to our town this weekend! I am a little sad because for the first time in over a span of 9 years, I do not have a daughter going to prom. You would think for all the $$$ I’ve laid down for that big day, I would be doing the happy dance, but on contraire, I’m actually a little melancholy over it.
The money spent for the dress, the shoes, special undergarments, handbag, jewelry, hair and nails (did I forget anything???) can really set you back a few. But it doesn’t have to. I remember for my daughter Kassie’s 2nd prom experience my husband gave us a shoestring budget. I guess this was in response to what he had experienced from her first prom. So needless to say we went to a consignment shop and found a beautiful black gown, matching shoes and a matching purse. We did it, and all in one stop! And she looked just as beautiful as if I had spent a ton of money, but then again, she would’ve made a tater sack look great.
Then there was the prom year Kassie looked like Loretta Lynn. Kassie has natural brown hair, but over the years she has sporadically sported black hair, which I abhor. As a matter of fact, when it came time for her to take her senior pictures, I threatened to not buy them if she had black hair (but that is another story). Well, enough about that – back to prom – heeeeere’s Loretta!
Then there is my Kallie-baby. By the time she was old enough to go to prom, I was a seasoned prom mom. Both years she wore a fun little A-Line mini dress. Unfortunately, they cost as much as a full gown, but she looked great!
I don’t know if I really enjoyed those prom moments as much as I should have. I was one busy mama, working, churching, parenting…but, I wish I had paused and really soaked in those fleeting moments. They were precious and few.
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