One of the things people used to say to me when I said I began homeschooling our children, was, "But won't they miss out on the prom?" I thought this was a pretty silly statement for two reasons .My children were elementary age at the time and second because sending a child for 13 years of public education so they could go to a to a prom seemed pretty ridiculous to me.
Fast forward several years, my homeschooled boys are gearing up for the prom tonight. They have ordered the corsages,(the ones who have dates). They have figured out the wardrobe, including new dress shoes for the one whose old ones fit only two weeks ago. They have consulted with the girls on coordinating with the dresses (the ones who have dates). They have figured out the transportation- allowing parents to drive since it involves getting to a riverboat in downtown Detroit. Currently they are getting gussied up so we can spend time beforehand getting pictures.
The older two have tried to persuade the youngest not to wear his red/orange basketball shoes, to no avail. Oh, and they have readied there masks since it is a masquerade themed event(the ones who have dates) The boy who is going stag feels as if he can do whatever he pleases- basketball shoes, military pins and no mask.
I love that the event is taking place on a riverboat, that parents are driving, that it is being chaparoned by homeschool parents/teachers, that it is okay to go stag, and that renting a tux is optional. I love that my boys want to have fun and hangout and don't seem worried about impressing anyone.
It should all be fun.