Just some thoughts:
“Who you taking or going with to the Prom?”
Remember that once often asked questions. Do you remember who you did take or go with? I bet that word prom, for some people congers up “memories.” Notice I did not say special memories, which I hope it was but I bet a remembrance.
This morning I heard the sad story in song about a fella who got all dressed up for the prom: “Once you told me long ago to the prom with me you’d go, but now you’ve changed your mind it seems. Someone else will hold my dreams.”
Prom–Short for Promenade –“The formal introduction parading of guest at a party.” Well that is one definition you will find for the word.
Proms were first started in the Northeast in the mid to late 1800s’. The purpose was to promote social etiquette and manners in each years class. It soon became a Ivy League tradition and referenced in 1879 issue of the Harvard Crimson.
By the 1930s’ it was as American as apple pie and baseball. Most every especially high school and still many colleges had such. In the 1950s’ the venue was often moved from a school to a country club or fine hotel.
In 1975 the daughter (Susan) of President Gerald Ford hosted her school’s prom of all places, the White House.
There does appear to be a bit of a difference in the two pictures doesn’t there?
Then we stood by the lilac bush in your yard
Your pink prom gown late in may
Your mom took our picture, I took your hand
And you took my breath away
“Maple Street Memories”–The Statler Brothers
Right now can you say to yourself the name of the person you went with to your prom. Any thoughts? Hope it is a good memory.
October 30, 2019