Monday, May 28, 2012

Emie's Mormon Prom...

Here in the city, I've learned that a few things are different at these ginormous schools that my children attend.  For one, Prom.  Here, they have a Junior/Senior prom at the high school, where only upperclassmen can go.  It makes sense really.  With a million kids at the high school--if they invited everyone, it would be WAY overcrowded! Also, the dances of today are a wee bit different than the dances I went to 20 years ago.  How can I say this delicately?  Grinding is the norm.  YUCK.  The music is usually pretty nasty, and the kids are all over eachother, like they can't wait to get back to the hotel room their parents paid for for their prom night.  Ew.  Yes, things are getting even worse, if you can believe that.  So most good, Mormon kids are uncomfortable staying at their prom for more than a little while.  At many schools, they don't stay at all.  They go to take pictures, and leave, finding a more appropriate activity.  (Emie said that regular prom was pretty fun--even though they did have some nasty dancing going on around them. Our high school is pretty stacked with Mormons--so we are pretty lucky that way.) You can call them prude.  Call them what you will--it's what they have to do in these days to stay away from all the garbage that goes on around them.   

So, there is a place called Barney Complex in Queen Creek.  It is a huge sports complex, built by the Barney family, and they put on what's called, "Mormon Prom".  Anyone 16 and older can attend, your class doesn't matter.  They require *GASP* "modest dress", and play clean music, and the kids took tons of pictures, and had a FABULOUS time!  Emie went with her good friend (boyfriend--but she won't let us call him that), Cameron Clark, and a ton of her friends from school who are Sophomores, so they couldn't go to their school prom.  They had such a fun time together!  Here are some pics...






 






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