The last four months have been focussed on one event. My daughter’s prom. At times it felt like we were getting ready for her wedding. Only, it wasn’t exactly the same, since there are no in-laws and I still get to keep her close. At least until next September when she goes off to school and her first adult adventure.
We won’t talk about university right now, though, because I’m still getting over the bittersweet feelings that were stirred up by watching my girl get dressed to the nines and take off in a stretch limo like a movie star, ready to go who knows where and do who knows what.
It feels like it was just yesterday that I was putting her hair in a Pebbles fountain-top for her first birthday party. Her prom hairdo and unbelievable makeup job were a far cry from that little ponytail, this much is true. But, it was still my baby girl underneath all the over-the-top glamour. An extraordinarily confident, self-assured young woman, yes, but still my sweet little one.
I’m taking deep breaths here, seriously. Just trying to breathe. And to savour the moment.
And trying not to think about how this prom has left me broke. Happy, melancholy, proud, and temporarily cash-free.
The husband doesn’t know, but since we’re all friends here, I thought I’d share the fact that this prom cost an extraordinary amount of money. Was it well spent? You betcha. To tell you the truth, if there were do-overs available, I wouldn’t change one single thing.
I’m not crazy. I know that it is insane to blow the bank on a prom. But, considering the true value of the day, I think I got a bargain.
Spending a whole day with my daughter dress shopping, including lunch and a long conversation about everything and nothing? PRICELESS
Another whole day looking for shoes? PRICELESS
Countless text messages and pictures regarding shoes, handbags, earrings and more? PRICELESS
A text reading: I got asked to the prom. He’s so cute. Are you happy? LOL? PRICELESS
Another whole day together getting beautiful (er)? PRICELESS
Watching her 12 year old brother help zip up her dress? PRICELESS
Watching my princess try to pin a boutonniere on her date? PRICELESS
While there’s a 50% chance than she will have more than one wedding, it’s an absolute guarantee that she’ll only have one prom. The day was a one-shot deal. I don’t believe that you can put a price on those kinds of moments.
Soon, she will be all grown up, and the opportunities to share memories like these will become fewer and farther in-between.
Carpe Diem. Seize the day.
Anyways, she did her own nails. We totally know how to economize.