I didn’t get a chance to go to my prom in high school. The main reason is that no one asked me. High school was definitely not a time that I treasured, but I do regret not getting to go to prom. I told my husband, Bobby, about this years ago. Unbeknownst to me, Bobby filed this information in the back of his mind. He wanted to be the one to take me to a prom. Although it never worked out where there was an adult prom that we could go to, that changed on Saturday, February 22, 2016.
The Wooster YMCA’s annual fundraiser this year was in the theme of an 80’s prom. A prom that was themed in the decade I went to school! What could be better than that? Oh, yeah, attending with the greatest husband in the world! He not only asked me to the prom, he figured out what I should wear. I was really worried about that, because I don’t really have any type of a dress that could be considered 80’s style. Who am I kidding, I don’t think I own more than one dress. Bobby must have been wondering, too, because he said I should go with a Debbie Gibson kind of look. We went to Target, bought a T-Shirt, jean leggings and leg warmers. Bobby had just bought a second hat for his magic business, so he said I could wear it.
I thought I was ready to go, but I was wrong. Bobby decided that since we were heading to a prom, he needed to buy me a corsage. I tried to talk him out of it, but he would have none of it. Since we were in Medina already, we went to Buehler’s on Court Street. Turned out they had matching red carnation wrist corsage and boutonniere, so it seemed it was meant to be. However, to prove his case, that I definitely needed a corsage, he called his mom!
We joined close to 200 hundred people at the American Legion in Wooster, Ohio to raise funds for the YMCA and party like it was 1999. This prom was better than any that I imagined when I was a teenager. The main reason was, of course, because I was with Bobby. The music was great. We danced to the Cars’ song Drive. Bobby likes the Cars and I loved that song when I was young. We were the only ones on the dance floor at this time, but I didn’t care. I was being held in the arms of my best friend. Plus, we kissed! Which I don’t think that would have happened had I gone to my High School Prom. That’s the another difference between an awkward teen and a married woman.
After a silent and live auction, a couple of games of Ms. Pac-Man and eating a Pixie Stix, I was ready to dance. Thankfully, the DJ’s played a set of fast songs beginning with the Electric Slide. It was followed by Footloose and Hey Mickey. It was like I remembered for other Jr. High and High School dances (not proms), a group of girls get up and start dancing. There was one brave man who joined us and Bobby was nearby, too.
The only difference between this prom and what I would think would have occurred in High School, is that we left early. Honestly, we aren’t as young as we used to be! We actually got home by 10 p.m. which had I been a teenager, I would have made curfew! (Be impressed, Mom!) I am so blessed to have Bobby as a husband. Because of him, I was able to check going to prom off my bucket list. One I didn’t even know I had!