Ok I am not sure if a black cloud follows my daughter around every time a date is needed for an important dance or if this kid just has bad luck, but she's going to drive me nuts.
For the homecoming dance of her sophmore year in high school, she had a date, a dress, shoes, everything was ready to go. We were both pretty excited as this was her first "big dance" in high school. The Thursday night before the dance, her date called and said he wasn't going to be able to bring her as his Grandmother had passed. My daughter gave her sympathies and then cried as we were stuck for a date. Luckily she knew an older kid in town who was willing to take her, but on such short notice he couldn't get a tuxedo or rent a suit so it was time for action.
The date, Nick had black pants and a white shirt. He borrowed his Grandpa's black suit coat and tie. But he didn't have shoes and no one had shoes to loan him so Nick went to the homecoming in his hiking boots. He didn't want to buy new shoes, as he wanted to show my daughter a good time at the dance and money was tight for him. Well about 9ish my daughter called. She said that Nick didn't have dance ticket money, could I please bring them some money. So dh and I did that. The kids remain friends to this day.
The next time my daughter was stuck for a date was Prom '06, which was her junior prom. She just wasn't finding a date who would rent a tux to take her. Tux rentals here are about 90 bucks. So she had this friend of hers who was serving overseas with the Army, he had offered to take her, but he didn't have his Army dress blues yet, so once again we were stuck for a tux. He came in from Kuwait on Tuesday and drove into town on Friday, he meet her at school, she darn near fell out. She was so very excited, but the boy was still short a tux, so yours truly jumped into action.
I had volunteered to help out last year with prom dresses and tuxs in the devastated areas of this state. The program director told me by all means to take that boy a tux. Well the tux's weren't in sets, so I had to guess at this size and guess at that size, but I pulled it off, he looked very handsome in the tux I had built for him. He took my daughter out to the best restraurant in town, spoiled her with flowers, they took gorgeous photos, then he brought her home about 10ish. He had to depart early in the AM as he had to get up to the Carolinas to visit his Dad. My daughter had her heart set on this being her "boyfriend" but he told her no as he was going back overseas and it wasn't fair to her to be here waiting on him, missing out on her "formative" high school years. Her heart was crushed.
This year for homecoming was the same darn thing. She had a date, he cancelled then she was stuck with a brand new dress, shoes, a ticket etc. This year she asked a boy that they have been friends for about 10 years to take her. She didn't think about asking him until the Thursday night, luckily the boy was able to get a tux on order for Friday. She had the best time, they still remain friends.
Well here it is, her senior prom. Her last bash before graduation. She has an awesome white dress, the shoes,and the ticket, but guess what she doesn't have.....yep my Gather friends she didn't have a date. Well let me rephase that, she had a date, who had a tux hanging in the closet. Chris was taking her, he's the friend of a friend who lives out west, near the state line bordering texas, his girlfriend was cool with this, not a problem. Until Friday when the girlfriend decided that she wasn't going to allow him to attend the prom with my daughter. Why oh why didn't I see this coming??
Well yesterday she went on myspace.com and posted a blog about not having a date, at least for this dance we knew a week in advance. Well a boy that attends her school, Josh, had also posted a blog at the very same time saying he was dateless as he had just broken it off with his girlfriend. So now my daughter has a date who does have a tux. Well he's Air reserve so he's taking her in his dress blues and about a year ago he had a crush on my daughter, but was just too shy to tell her.
Josh won't tell my daughter where they are going eat, he's not telling her anything. He's trying to create a surprise all the way around as this is thier last bash before graduation together. My daughter hates surprises and is dying to know exactly what he has planned for the evening. Me I am jumping with joy that we have a definite date a whole week early, I don't have to outfit the date, and that he's doing his best to make this a special evening for the both of them.
I guess I am now going to say how glad I am to only have one other daughter, boys are so much easier to deal with in all respects, especially this dance/dating game that kids do,
Thanks for letting me ramble,