After all the preparation, the dashing to and fro for the perfect dress, the cute shoes, the stylish bling, the trip to the hair salon and the florist...prom night has arrived! We snapped some photos of the lovely couple in front of the house, then they headed off to join their posse for a group photo op at Cantigny, a beautiful
local park/museum with lush gardens which used to be the home of Colonel Robert R. McCormick (former editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune).
These rituals are taking place all across America tonight, as young people of all races, ethnicities, and creeds participate in that fascinating high school rite of passage: Prom Night!
Just where did prom come from? Mental Floss has a succinct overview of the origins of prom. They started out as rather humble events designed to instill social skills and etiquette in uncouth youth. So it's not surprising that you find similar events in many other cultures across the world. And even, apparently, the underworld.
Who can forget their prom theme music? (Actually, most of us...) So for a quick refresher, here's a traipse through decades of cheesy prom ballads, courtesy of Stumps, "America's Prom and Party Favorite since 1926!"
This semi-vicious attack appeared in the inbox this morning, contents slightly redacted:
"Yo --- you two-timing, book-shelving [********]! I thought I was your sweetheart of the rodeo. Yippee-kay-ay [*********]!
I must admit, it was rather thrilling, in an E.L. James sort of way!
This JPEG was attached:
Apparently, the librarian's action hero, Bruce Willis, took offense at my previous post in which I proclaimed George Michael as our favorite prom date. And I confess that Bruce never entered my mind as a prom date, given the fact that I usually see him in various stages along the way to becoming a bloodied, if triumphant, hot mess. Alas, I did forget entirely about his Moonlighting phase, in which he spent plenty of time investigating crimes in a finely tailored suit or tuxedo, and he does indeed look rather dashing when he's cleaned up. (Or am I confusing Moonlighting with Remington Steele!?!?)
But can he dance?
Given the fact that I work with elementary school students, I turned at once to the beloved Venn diagram!
Hmmmm, not a lot of overlap there. I guess it all depends on what kind of an evening you are looking for...
If you read our Chinese Footbinding post, you know that we recently went shopping for prom shoes. Well, yesterday we snagged some prom bling and today we completed our prom purchasing with the selection of a prom purse. At least one young man in our circle of friends does not understand the concept of a prom purse. "Why don't girls just carry their regular purses?" If you have to ask, you just don't get it. And this budding intellectual is headed off to Vanderbilt University, where I am sure (or I hope) the brainy belles will enlighten him at some point on the necessity of coordinated fashion accessories. (He did, apparently, elect to go the cummerbund route for his tux, instead of the vest, showing a bit of flair in his sartorial choices.) Anyway, this flurry of prom activity led me to scour the Internet for some celebrity prom photos. Inquiring minds! My search turned up over 94 million results, of which I am sure that most were not very pertinent (at least I hope they weren't). But I include for your perusal, links for the best results at The Daily Beast and Beauty Riot and Oh No They Didn't!.
I was unable to find a prom photo of our favorite prom date, George
Michael, but I did find this:
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