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Topic: The Prom (08/02/04)

TITLE: Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White
By Linda Ryzenga


“Oh Mom, this is sooo beautiful! It's perfect, just what I wanted!”

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!

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Lynda Lee Schab 08/09/04

How true! In my own life, the same girl and I wore the same dress not once, but twice! Once for 9th grade graduation, then at our Junior/Senior Banquet. At least that time, her dress was pink, mine purple but otherwise they were identical! Yikes! It IS a girl's worst nightmare!
Well written article - except that you missed the "k" in "week" towards the top - it reads, "The next wee..." :-) Other than that slight error, well done!
Blessings, Lynda
Dian Moore08/09/04
You managed to catch the horror of wearing the exact thing as another woman - in the same room. Your descriptions are very vivid and helped me experience your experience.

Randy's right - women will enjoy this more than men. Many times at my former job, my best girlfriend and I would end up being twinkies. But being older, and at work, it was funny rather than deflating.

A couple of errors you can fix later on: wee should be week;
“the price isn't bad, if you like it, we can buy it." Here, I would either make two sentences or use a semi-colon after "it."

Good job!
L.M. Lee08/09/04
what a panic! Glad it didn't ruin the whole evening for you.
John Hunt08/12/04
"How fast time flies, but what memories we capture!"
Great line. Nicely written piece.
Karen Treharne08/12/04
You are so right, Linda, it is a woman thing. There is nothing more devastating than to find the "perfect" outfit for a memorable event and find someone else with the same attire! And isn't it good that time heals all wounds? Thanks for sharing your memories of a special night that comes around only once in a lifetime. God bless you.
Deborah Anderson08/13/04
I liked the substance of your story and loved the title. Thank you and God bless.