As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about…….more Senior celebrations (not for AARP card carrying members, but high school-er’s). Most often when I blog, I’m sitting with my laptop in my kitchen or maybe curled up in my favorite spot on a sofa in my family room. Sometimes, if I’m lucky, I might be sipping a hot chocolate (I know, I know, a child’s drink choice) from a cozy seat at Starbucks, but this time, I’m bundled up in a down parka, sitting on a bench, with the wind at my back, at the driving range. When my Nick loves something he wants you to love it too, so when he asked me to come along for the ride and watch him hit a bucket of balls, how could I refuse?
After filling out all of the paperwork, getting sized for his tuxedo, ordering her corsage (wait, that was me), and racing home from school, Nick was heading to his girlfriend’s prom. My mom came from Chicago, Chuck flew out of work early, with his BlackBerry glued to his ear, and I had a super-fun-crazy-busy day shooting a video at Target with Sal Swanton of Swanton Video Media (I can’t wait to tell you all about that another day soon!). We had all of thirty minutes to change, brush our teeth and wrestle Nick into his formal wear. I must say, he was rather handsome.
Four people, a three car caravan and a 30 minute commute at the beginning of Friday night rush hour traffic; it was a miracle we arrived right on time. I’m not exactly sure what made me think of it at that moment, but as we pulled up, I realized that we LEFT THE VERY SPECIAL AND GORGEOUS CORSAGE AT HOME! There were four of us that might have remembered to snag the corsage out of our refrigerator (though I completely blame myself). What a bunch of dunce’s! Without missing a beat, Chuck jumped back into the car to “race” home at 4:45 on a Friday night. It was a total Hail Mary pass…..
My mom, Nick and I made our way up the drive-way, with our tails between our legs, having forgotten the corsage. We apologized to Nick’s girlfriend and her mom for being such incredible moron’s and they couldn’t have been more gracious about the whole thing. In fact, I really don’t think Nick’s girlfriend was concerned or interested in the corsage in the very least. She was absolutely lovely; rocking the most beautiful dress and simply happy to be celebrating high school with her favorite friends. On the other hand, we were sweating bullets. Poor Chuck, missed the entire picture party, pulling up with the corsage moments before the limo pulled away (at least he didn’t have to hi-jack the limo on the way to the dance! Nick would have died of embarrassment.).
The kids were absolutely stunning and they had a great night. After the dance, they changed into comfy clothes, went to their favorite Mexican restaurant for burritos and went home to watch Saturday Night Live re-runs. These two are a practical pair. Instead of some big “post prom” nightmare, Nick had a golf lesson Saturday morning and later in the day the two of them went to US Cellular for a Chicago White Sox game. With Nick being a life-long, thoroughly devoted Cub’s fan (with a dog named Wrigley Sheffield, what would you expect?) it was a miracle that the walls didn’t cave in on him! They had a great time at the game and a great night at Prom. What else could we have asked for?
More beautiful teenagers, more rights of passage, more time with friends, more memorable moments……..
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