Thursday, November 10, 2016

NaBloPoMo Day 10: Prom

Nov. 10: Did you celebrate or commemorate your divorce or a significant breakup? Would you ever?

I have never been divorced, but I have watched my friends go through the process and it does NOT look easy. I think every single person who finalizes their divorce deserves a party. Divorce is no picnic y’all. I have never celebrated a significant breakup. I think the closest I can come up with was when I left my longtime high school boyfriend.

We weren’t getting along well anymore and we didn’t have the emotional and social tools necessary to really talk through our problems and empathize with one another. Plus, we were just kids and relationships are hard work; that combination doesn’t always pan out. Sensing the end was near in the spring of my senior year, I asked my long-time friend (long-time as in our parents went to high school together, known him all my life friend), if he would go to prom with me if I dumped my boyfriend. His reply, “Evelynn, I would MARRY you if that mean you would dump that guy”. As you can see, my friends didn’t really like him anymore either. Unbeknownst to me, my buddy had been asked to prom earlier by another girl. His reply was, “NO! Proms are dumb you’re dumb for asking”. So, that explained why she acted to annoyed with me later on.

At this point, it was very close to prom time and my new date had no money and no tuxedo to wear. My mom sprang into action and was able to throw together an outfit at Hot Topic of all places. He was resplendent in his 90’s era ruffled shirt, Bram Stoker’s Dracula purple glasses, and a top hat. Hot Topic even had actual tuxedo pants and jacket. With the formal wear secured, we went through all of the other typical prom rituals: photos with friends, the limo, dancing, and fun. I even danced with the Vice-Principal (he was an absolute gentleman). In fact, this prom was way more fun the one I had attended the year before with my boyfriend.

Basically my prom date.
So, in a way, I was permitted to celebrate my last year of high school with friends, unencumbered by the woes of a teenage relationship. I wouldn’t say I consciously celebrated the breakup, maybe my prom date did, but I just felt free to enjoy myself.

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