Two years ago my sister was a junior in high school, which meant PROM. Even though the prom wasn't until the spring, she started talking about it in the fall, and got a beautiful dress and finalized all of the standard prom-related plans well in advance.
And then, about three weeks before the prom, the school principal called all of the upperclassmen into the auditorium and announced that there had been a terrible oversight, and that the prom wasn't actually scheduled on the date they thought it was. They had called around to all of the local venues, but there were none still available on that date, so the prom was postponed for a few weeks.
It is worth nothing that Emily attended an all girls high school, so please imagine the drama that followed a crisis of such proportions. Emily remained remarkably calm about the whole situation, but things at school were operating at a LEVEL TEN on the drama scale. She said that the entire auditorium cried when the announcement was made.
Faculty and students alike.
I do not miss high school.
It turns out that the rescheduled date was also the day of my cousin's wedding, so Emily went to the fancy wedding in the city instead of to the prom. However, since she had the dress, she wore it to the wedding and looked beautiful. It's one of my favorites ever.
This past year, the senior prom was scheduled (and confirmed, well in advance), and she wore this pink dress.
We have another family wedding in October, and the other day Em and I were talking about what we were going to wear. I was in the middle of telling her that I hadn't decided on a dress yet, when her navy prom dress popped into my head.
"Hey," I said, "would you mind if I borrowed that prom dress of yours for the wedding?"
"OH, LAURA!!" she said. "TO A WEDDING?! I REALLY DO NOT KNOW ABOUT THAT."
"What do you mean?" I asked. "You wore it to a wedding!"
After a minute, she said, "OH, THAT PROM DRESS. I THOUGHT YOU MEANT MY SENIOR YEAR PROM DRESS!"
And all weekend it has made me laugh to picture my twenty six year old self wearing that frilly pink prom dress to a church wedding and country club reception. The other guests would really think I'd gone off the deep end.
And evidently, Emily thinks I already have.