It's prom season, and I was thrilled to receive this photo of Kayla and her boyfriend Stephen as they were ready to head to theirs.
Sigh...she looks so grown up. And pretty too.
So I called to get all the details and she was happy to share them. It was a fun evening, she reported. Dinner out beforehand with a group of friends, lots more photos she'd show me at the next visit, a fun evening...overall a positive prom-night experience.
When I asked her about shopping for her dress, she was even more excited. It was the first one she tried on, she giddily told me. Oh, she didn't buy it at that point...after all, she was on her way to Atlanta with a friend for the sole purpose of dress-shopping. But she was smart enough to ask the store to hold the dress for her as a bit of insurance. She looked and shopped and tried on and shopped some more but nothing she saw measured up to the first dress so back she went to buy it. And as an added bonus, it was on sale. Kayla loves shopping but she loves finding a good bargain even more.
I quizzed her about her pre-prom preparations and she was quick to tell me she did her own hair. She saw no reason to spend money to have her hair professionally styled not knowing if she would like the result. A girl after my own heart. She did splurge on a manicure but otherwise she put herself in charge of her own pre-prom preparations.
Just a few days ago I read that the average cost for prom in 2012 is $1,078 according to Visa...and they should know. That's up from $807 last year, due primarily to the tendency to be more elaborate and more outrageous than prom-goers in previous years. I'm happy to know I have such a practical and level-headed granddaughter who looked just a beautiful as those who spent far more.