Sunday, August 16, 2020

Sunday Fun: Is Your High School Planning a Delayed Prom?

I hear that some schools are considering having a "prom" this autumn since the spring proms were often cancelled. While I would be surprised if that took place since we don't have a cure for COVID, just in case I want to repeat from a 2010 posting to assist young men prepare for the big dance. If your school is still having its prom in the spring, just put these aside to remind you in early March.

There are whole magazines that counsel young women about proms. There is very little for young men, so I repeat this "golden oldie" advice:

Now, I know what you young men are thinking about:  What does this old guy have to say that could affect my image as a studly young man? Well, certain things are timeless! Here is Mike's guide to being a successful prom date:

1.  Make sure your clothes fit. This may be the first suit you wear or the first tux you rent.  Some of what I saw this evening looked 3 sizes too large. Don't buy a suit to "grow into." Here is an idea:  I know that at the age where you are going to a prom, the last person you want to be with is your father. But, when it comes to this type of thing, Dads are very handy. Ask him to come along and go to a clothing store or tux rental shop on the other side of town so your friends won't see you with him.

2.  The corsage. Don't even think of pinning it on to some of these dresses! Ask your date what color she is wearing (in advance!) and present her with it, perhaps a few hours before the big evening so she can already be wearing it when you arrive. Don't forget the corsage when you go to pick up your date for the big evening. One of our sons (who shall remain nameless) forgot his date's. Fortunately, Kathleen realized what had happened and chased the son down at his first stop of the evening and got it into the car before they got to dinner.

3. Open doors for your date. She is wearing a long dress and carrying a purse. It is polite to open doors under these circumstances.

4.  At one table, the three young men were staring into space while the girls were talking on their cells phones and/or texting. I don't know which came first, but it doesn't matter. While carrying on a conversation is not an art to be learned overnight, there are a few things you can do: Buy a Sunday newspaper six days before the prom and buy a couple that week.  It will give you things that can be safely talked about.  Then, a couple of days before the prom, log onto TMZ. Girls often like celebrity news and that will get you up to speed. Once you break the ice, the conversation should flow naturally.

5.  During dinner, leave your cell in the car unless you are going to use it to take photos. It is rude to take a call in the middle of dinner anytime -- but especially during a date. Your date wants to feel she is the center of your attention.

6.  Finally, no chewing gum!  Use breath mints.

Men: Items 1-6 are basics of being a gentleman. They are their own reward whether your date notices or not.

Dads, do NOT state these to your teenage sons. Every father, to his children (at this age) is the nerdiest, uncoolest, most embarrassing person on the planet. Just cut and paste them from this blog and forward to him. Explain they are from an author, entrepreneur, scientist, inventor or raconteur athlete [  Mr. ___   ] (fill in the blank ) that your son admires.

No thanks necessary. I'm happy to help.  Enjoy the prom!

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