|My friend (blue) Crazy Carolin, and me (dark red)|
Sophomore or Junior Homecoming
Though I hated dress shopping because my shoulders and hips are too wide, I loved finding shiny shoes, getting new make-up, getting my hair done, and being the only girl getting ready who knew what she was doing....which was funny, because I never wore make-up to school.
Sadly, all of my dances took place in the era of film cameras so I only have the photo above, and some from prom. This story, however, takes place with Alex and me at Coming Home.
Coming Home for those of you who aren't familiar with the term, is where girls ask the boys, AND then the couple wears the same outfit. At my school's Coming Home, you also had the chance to get hitched. Teachers would pose as ministers and marry the students. They supplied bogus wedding certificates, and cheap re-sizeable rings.
Days before, I'd found out Alex had cheated on me (gasp!) but because I was young and in love, we figured we'd try to press on...if I didn't murder him, first.
Plus, I'd already bought the tickets and filled out the paper work so he could come, so damnit, he was coming whether he wanted to or not!
|Alex and Me (and my friend's brother in the background)|
The dance was mostly fun. Most of my friends had found out what he'd done, and so there was a drive-by kicking from my friend Erika, some people would walk by and call him mean names, and I was still teetering on the edge of snapping and punching him in the face at any moment.
Then the DJ made the announcement that the weddings were now open, and suddenly the anger evaporated. Replaced, was a desperate need to marry Alex. Though I was still incredibly pissed and hurt, it seemed like only the rational thing to do. Since I'm the girl, I wasn't going to propose...even if it was a fake wedding. Instead, I decided that if he didn't propose, I'd have another reason to pick a fight with him.
My friends kept running at us, showing us their rings and certificates, and I was oozing with jealousy. I wanted to get married, too! I loved the stupid kid, and it was part of Coming Home! Every time we danced, I looking over, pining at the adorable couples getting married. It's not fair! That should be me!
At some point, Alex disappeared.
After five minutes of pacing back and forth on the dark dance floor, I figured out he wasn't in the bathroom, and the anger started surfacing again. I wasn't sure where he'd gone until a friend ran up to me, grabbed my arm, and dragged me to the vending machines, where Alex was waiting. They both smiled at each other, and she left.
"What is this?" I asked, probably not in a nice way.
Alex proceeded to take my hand, and drop to one knee. "I think it would be in your best interest to marry me," he said, and my heart and stomach fluttered.
"My best interest?" I laughed, not caring if the whole school was staring at us.
I probably played it off like I wasn't giddy, or excited, and when he got up, I kissed him because he was mine, and I was happy. We went to the "chapel" (a small sign at the top of the stairs that said something like "Chapel" or something like that), and when they asked if we did, we said I do. We signed the paper, and were both distracted when the photographer took our wedding picture, so it was the worst picture...ever. (I wish I had a copy to show here, but it's in my storage unit, sorry!)
We spent the rest of the night with my friends, and playing with our rings. Months later, I want to say it was for my birthday, he made a photo collage consisting of our wedding rings, a copy of the certificate, our wedding photo, and some lottery tickets we'd scratched off.
I had a lot of adventures in high school, but this was probably one of my favorite ones. Hope you guys check out the other entries!
How cute! I 'married' my husband on my first date. Yeah, that was awesome. Funny what we'll put up with to go a dance isn't it?ReplyDelete
It is, it is. :)Delete
I've never heard of a wedding theme thing before. Sounds fun.ReplyDelete
There is always a different theme, the weddings are just a bonus for the dance. (I can't remember the actual theme). Either way, it was a lot of fun.Delete
We did a wedding theme for our Sadie Hawkin's dance!ReplyDelete
That's awesome! (Also, in unrelated news, any time someone says Sadie Hawkins, I always sing that Reliant K song)Delete
I have so never heard of that kind of theme before. It's a sweet story once you take out all the cheating stuff. :DReplyDelete
Yea...that part wasn't so fun. He was a good guy, though. Definitely one of the reasons I was able to graduate high school without going crazy.Delete
Whoa. Fake marriage certificate and vows - that is so serious sounding and just really jaw-dropping for me. It takes the whole "major" high school dance thing up to an even higher level of stress.ReplyDelete
Hahaha, it was a lot of fun. They even spelled Hollywood with an extra L so we'd fully know it was bogus :)Delete
You were WAY too cute to cheat on!ReplyDelete
I've been to dances with fake marriages too. It's kinda funny how it really pulls at our heartstrings to not be the only unmarried at a dance full of KIDS. LOL!
Thank you :)Delete
Hahah, yea, definitely. I was elated when he proposed
That's a roller coaster story for sure! You could probably writer a pretty good YA contemp out of that :) We had Tolo where the girl asked the guy and you wear matching outfits, but no marriage. That's a funny twist :)ReplyDelete
Actually three of my YA novels revolve heavily around my relationship with him. I like the story more when I can see it from a different perspective and change things I wish I could have back then :)Delete
I'm glad SOMEONE liked high school. Great story! Thank you for sharing.ReplyDelete
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Ohh! Thanks for the follow!! :) And, I liked high school dances...not so much high school, lolDelete
Wow that is such an interesting dance idea. You look too cute in your pics.ReplyDelete
Thank you :)Delete
I LOVED high school too!ReplyDelete
This 'wedding' idea is genius. Never heard of that before.
Yea, it was kind of cool. A lot of kids didn't go to CH, only HC or Prom. This was something everyone would talk about (especially after a couple who'd gotten married broke up later that week!)Delete
Wedding theme? Some girl HAD to be behind that! I love it. Such a fun story.ReplyDelete
I actually have no idea who came up with it or how long they'd been doing it for, that's a good thought though!Delete
Wow, how cool is that? Love that your school was foward thinking enough to allow the whole wedding deal. Sounds like a lot of fun! Personally, I hated school dances, but I did love seeing my friends all dressed up :)ReplyDelete
Yea, seeing my friends all fancy was definitely awesome. Most of them had me do their make-up or their eyebrows so that was kinda fun, too :)Delete
This is adorable! I never went to a high school dance, so it's extra fun to read about them :)ReplyDelete
Aww, that's sad!! You should throw a house party, and have it themed High School Dance--make everyone dress up, have mock-tails (virgin cocktails) :)Delete
Fake weddings? I disagree with Angie...there's a guy behind that trying to help other guys get lucky!ReplyDelete
Wow...I think it's kinda creepy that they had that whole wedding theme going on :P But them I'm a bitter love cynic so I guess it's natural I'd feel that way. hahaReplyDelete
I have never yet in my life felt desperate for marriage, weird but true!
Now that I'm a little older, I'm thinking 'WTF were they thinking?' but at the time I thought it was the coolest thing :)Delete
I'm not desperate for marriage yet, but I would like to be able to harass someone whenever I want...I guess that's maybe why I have a dog :)
Wow, what a story!!ReplyDelete
Wow. Weddings at a dance. I'm surprise the boys went for that. My jr. year I went to prom with my ex-boyfriend who I broke up with before for the same reason you had. We did not make up though. But at least I got to go to prom.ReplyDelete
I was surprised, too! Yea, I'm sorry that happened to you. He and I tried to make it work, and then I moved to Maine and things just kind of fell apart. It was sad, but life goes onDelete
Oh my goodness! I've never heard of marriages at dances before. Ha ha! I love the progression of thought here too -- sounds like me in high school ... "I love him - I hate him! - I want to marry him!" Great story!ReplyDelete
Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)ReplyDelete
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