Friday, May 22, 2009

School Dances

Word of the Day: Groove - 1. an activity or situation in which one is especially suited. 2. A very pleasurable experience.

Hey guys! Today's blog is still a continuation of "Closing Out The School Year Week" so I thought today, I would comment on school dances. Today, school dances seem to be every parents nightmare, and every kids interest, so i thought it might be an appealing topic:)

I guess I can see from a parents point of view why even the slightest mention of the word school dance might be frightening. Ticket prices can soar anywhere from $5.00 to $90.00 depending on the occasion and of course buying the tux/ dress, shoes, boutonniere/ corsage, and so on. Also, the different kinds of dancing portrayed at school dances nowadays, well lets just say that's its no waltz!

I notice that more parents (especially dad's) offer to chaperon more for school dances than any other event. Could this be because they don't trust us enough to take care of ourselves? Well I asked this of my father once and he gave me the old saying, " No honey! It's not that I don't trust you, I just don't trust the other boys (key word here) attending the dance." Haha i love my dad, I know he's being honest, but from a teens perspective, we want a little freedom of our own.

From a teens point of view, dances are the perfect opportunity to get out the house and hang out with your girl friends or guy friends. The music honestly seems to erase the so called "stresses" from our day, and nothing else seems to matter at all. In my opinion, being twirled around the dance floor is the most amazing feeling in the world.

Your senses are alerted as the spinning walls around you make it seems like your falling. You try to take everything in that you can... the smell of men's cologne, the floral scent of the many boutonnieres and corsages. You can feel the vibrations of the music, like tiny little needles poking the surface of your skin, and the adrenaline pulsing through your veins. You can feel the increase in the number of your heartbeats, and see the swirling of different colored dresses like theater curtains clashing together after the play has ended. Being twirled around the dance floor is the most amazing feeling in the world.

So all you dad's out there and in some cases mom's, what is the big deal about allowing your teens to attend school dances? What is it about the environment that you don't approve of? -just curious:)

Yours Truly,



  1. Cait,

    It's because we see the light at the end of the tunnel and it's a train. You're growing up too fast and it will all be over from a parenting perspective all too soon!


  2. From a Mom/Grandmother...Believe it or not I get it about the loud music erasing the stress of the day. On a tough day..I love to crank up the music in the car while I am alone and just erase temporarily the caous. Now to the trust issues...unfortunately, it really has NOT been that long since we were in your shoes. We know what can happen even in a well intentioned teens a snap all good things become disaster (potentially). Most of us trust our kids, but we love them enough to know they need us more than they realize.
    Your mom and dad love you and I am sure they trust you, but they also khow the dangers that lurk around the corner.
    Hope you have a wonderful time at your next dance. Think of the chaperones as a safety net...not a punishment..and girl..enjoy that loud music a little for me!
    Blessings and prayers, andrea