It is bittersweet to see your little girl transforming into a young lady right before your eyes. Our sweet16, Songbird, was asked to our county's high school prom. Since we live in an extremely rural area, less than 1,000 human bodies in the entire county, our high school prom is an "open" prom. Meaning that it is open to all public school students grades 9 - 12. Also, the public school attendees can invite guests who are non-public school or reside out of county. This year's turn out was tremendous - only 4 high school students chose to stay home. Total in attendance this year, including guests, was around 60 kids. Yes, that's right ... our public school has a K-12 student population of less than 100! Needless to say, many of the "guests" were out of county ... Songbird was the only homeschooler invited.
Our Songbird was invited by a young 9th grader who was thrilled that, "the most beautiful girl I've EVER met ... and she doesn't care that she has to drive because I don't have a driving license, yet", said yes! Well, enough chatter from me ... here's the photos!
|Because of our 18mph spring winds, Prom Boy needed a little hair glue.|
|I love taking photos outside on our deck. Although, I do prefer|
summer time because all the trees are full and green.
|As a very conservative mom, I would have preferred|
some fabric in the shoulder area, But, this dress is still
beautiful! Prom Boy's tuxedo is a great match.
|A lovely photo with Mr.B and me.|
|Each young lady is introduced with her escort. Here's |
Songbird and Prom Boy.
|After formal introductions, each couple comes out for|
a silly photo.
|After formal introductions, the first dance is a|
Father / Daughter, Mother / Son dance. Mr.B and his princess ...
Isn't this heartwarming?
** The Prom is held in the decorated high school gymnasium.
No rentals of fancy ballrooms, convention centers, etc.
** Most students arrive in their own "handed down" farm truck
(a few get to use mom's car), no limousines out here.
** Only 3 of the couples were dating each other ...
all other couples were just friends.
** More than 1/2 the girls in attendance wore inexpensive
"like new" (aka, used) formals.
Songbird's dress, like many others, cost less than $25 before alterations.
** Parents are allowed to stay at the Prom as extra unofficial chaperones.
Since Mr.B had just come in from a job, meaning he'd been awake &
working 40 hours straight, we choose to go home.
**These youngin's find the county fair to be more important than Prom.