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Saturday, May 06, 2006

Prom night again

Ichabod and I went on Friday night to see the last opera of the season, La Traviata. It was a good show and the female lead had a really fantastic voice.

We decided to go to the Bull's Head Tavern for dinner before the show. It's a good thing we made a reservation. The place was pretty busy, including some kids who were obviously going to prom. Last year we ran into the same thing. But this year the guys were much more loud and obnoxious.

They teased the waitress about bringing drinks to the table. She wasn't amused. Then the boy at the head of the table, who was also the loudest, stood up. He announced that he was going to the bathroom and asked who wanted to go with him.

Okay, we all know how it works. When girls go to the restroom in public places they don't usually go alone. But men do, and they don't announce it to the whole room. So when he said that I couldn't help looking up. He asked the guys again who was going with him and he had this "wink, wink, nudge, nudge" look in his eye.

I was pretty sure they weren't going down there for sex. So it had to be booze or some other, probably illegal, drug. And they made more than one trip to the bathroom together during the meal. I wasn't going to stick my nose into it, but I did say a silent prayer that they all ended up home, safe and sound, that night.


Blogger eclectic said...

Gah! Oh Squirlie, I hope they stay safe as well. It's all fun and games until a carload of kids hits a tree...

Sat May 06, 11:51:00 PM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

Ah, those invincible years of long ago.

Sun May 07, 01:31:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Eclectic, exactly what I was thinking. Graduation is usually a bad time, too.

Mr B, yes. It's hard to fathom ones mortality at that age. But stupidity comes very easily. :)

Sun May 07, 09:02:00 AM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

Our daughter's prom date was arrested, the following year, with 10 lbs of grass in his car. NONE of us had a clue that he was capable of this. Scary times!

Sun May 07, 09:12:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

tshsmom, holy crap. Good thing she wasn't with him then. It's so hard to know what your child's date is really like. Scary part of being a parent.

Sun May 07, 09:19:00 AM  
Blogger Effie said...

so--how many boys accompanied him?

La Traviata, eh? Wow! That must have been lovely!

Sun May 07, 04:28:00 PM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

What a dining prelude to attending La Traviata!

Sun May 07, 05:05:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Effie, I think maybe three or four went with him. It was a large table. There were probably five or six couples there. I wonder if anyone else noticed?

And La Traviata was really good. Thanks!

Nick, yes, it certainly was. :)

Sun May 07, 05:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Danielle said...

When you first said that he stood up and made that announcement, I thought it was his attempt at being funny and making fun of the fact that girls go to the bathroom in groups. But when you said that it kept happening.... that IS a bad sign. Teenagers - ACK.

But nice to hear that you enjoyed the opera. :-)

Sun May 07, 06:26:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Danielle, yeah, that briefly ran through my head, too, until I saw that look on his face and the other guys got up.

Thanks, yes, loved the opera. I'm trying to decide now if I want to get season tickets for next year. They're really reasonable and, as there are only three, the commitments not too high. :)

Sun May 07, 07:03:00 PM  
Blogger Von Krankipantzen said...

Kinda scary. Totally different times now. I was such an innocent at that age.

Sun May 07, 09:37:00 PM  
Blogger hellokittn said...

Jeepers. I hate richie rich Grand Rapids kids.

I'm glad the last show was good though!

Sun May 07, 09:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Amber said...

I hope they got home ok.

It brings back a memory of mine.

The first is this guy at school. He drank and drove the night of prom and ended up crashing and dying. It was horrible. The school didn't actually have classes for 2 days. Everyone was a wreck because everyone knew him, or at least they were a friend of someone who knew him.

Who knows what they were doing. My guess is that they were either going to bathroom for drinking alcohol that they snuck in, or they were taking a hit of marijuana.

Since I am still a little bit fresh out of school, that is my guess as to what they were doing. That is what those types of guys did before prom.

I know, because they would talk about their "fantastic" little stories the following school day. And I would always sit there, sickened by it, because a few years before they had a friend die due to drug use.

I never went to prom. I liked going to dances, but Andy never did. So I never had the opportunity to experience all of that. Oh well, though. I don't feel that it was much of a loss. Most of the people who went were those types of people that I didn't want to be around.

Maybe I am odd, but I never felt as if I was invincible. Maybe because I've had two experiences where some act of God has saved me.

Tsk. Life shouldn't be taken for granted.

Word Ver:

"Lyin' miss, why you?!"

Lion musk?

Mon May 08, 01:42:00 PM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Oh, you know the boys were makin' out in the bathroom.

Or maybe I'm just judging them all by my prom date.

My word ver: ocdsq

Obsessive/compulsive disorder squirl?

Mon May 08, 02:10:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Kranki, kids that age can always find something dangerous to do.

Chia, yeah, there are a lot of that type in Grand Rapids. I went to Grand Haven and it was the same there. Thanks!

Amber, we had more kids die around graduation than prom at our school. I never went to school dances or prom. Didn't interest me. I think I like lion musk.

Bucky, yeah none of the looked like Rico, but who knows?

And why's blogger raggin' on my ocd???

Mon May 08, 03:20:00 PM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

I was an "odd" girl too. I was never interested in prom or a fancy wedding.

Mon May 08, 03:53:00 PM  
Anonymous lawbrat said...

That is just scary. Those years it seems like no harm can come to you. I hope they were all safe too.

Mon May 08, 05:51:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

tshsmom, I never wanted a fancy wedding either. When I was a little girl I just assumed that all weddings were big affairs. Then I got older and realized that someone had to pay for them. Not worth it to me.

Lawbrat, isn't it weird how so many kids think they can get away with anything at that age?

Mon May 08, 08:10:00 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Sadness. I'm always amazed how thoughtless and reckless young people are with their lives. I admit that I had my share of driving home after a few wine coolers when I was in my 20's, but it seems that more and more the kids are getting into the hard stuff so much faster.

I hope they got home OK too. :(

Mon May 08, 11:17:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Jim, surprising what we get away with sometimes, isn't it?

Tue May 09, 08:39:00 PM  

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