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Topic: The Prom (08/02/04)
TITLE: Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White
By Linda Ryzenga
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The Senior Prom was coming up in 4 weeks, and I was extremely jubilant as I waltzed before my Mother, displaying my preference for an exotic ball gown. It had several layers of white chiffon, accented with black velveteen. Of course, it was strapless, as that was the ultimate style for a prom gown.
“Well”, said my Mother, “the price isn't bad, if you like it, we can buy it."
Did I like it?, Did I want it?, of course I did, and I couldn't believe how fortunate I had been to find just the right formal for my very last high school prom.
The very next wee, while shopping with my girlfriend, I found a pair of black velvet sandal heels that complimented the gown perfectly. I was absolutely ecstatic! This would be the highlight of my entire Senior year.
Senior Prom night finally arrived, and as I was finishing up the last touches on my hair and attire, the doorbell rang, and in walked my date, a tall, dark, and handsome boy. We had started dating the summer before. He presented me with a beautiful wrist corsage comprised of white carnations, intertwined with tiny pink flowers. The theme of the prom was “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White.' This was also a song in the late 50's which was very popular at that particular time.
Later, as we walked into the school gymnasium, so obviously adorned with branches of pink cherry blossoms and white apple blossoms, I felt as if I were having a dream. It was so stunningly beautiful. I took a deep breath and hoped I wouldn't wake up too soon.
Suddenly, I became aware of what sounded like a girl's scream. Looking across the gym, I saw a girl ---- with a formal exactly like mine! My hands flew up to my mouth and I distinctly remember uttering, “Oh no, she's got a dress just like mine!”
Immediately my date had the presence of mind to grab my arm and together we walked out of the gym until both my “twin” and I were composed.
The rest of the evening went extremely well, considering the confusion. I endured the other girl with the white and black prom dress, and following the prom, we socialized with 5 of my girlfriends and their dates at my parents house, which they so generously permitted. A fun time was had by all.
However, I will never forget the shock I felt when looking across the gym, only to find my dress on another girl. I think that it's actually a “woman thing.” At least it was that special night. Now I can think back with laughter, but at the time, it was a catastrophe!
I still reminiscence about the senior prom, it was definitely a great event in my four years of high school. The next night was graduation, and then my high school days were over.
How fast time flies, but what memories we capture!