Dancing to different drummer; post-prom party more my style

It’s prom season again. The girls have picked out their dresses and nagged their boyfriends about tuxes. The committee has decorated the location. Everyone’s prepared for a magical night for music and starlight.

And, as usual, my friends are still giving me a hard time about not going.

My friends have constantly bugged me to go to every dance the school has ever held since seventh grade. They would say, "Dancing is fun," "Don’t be such a party-pooper," and "It’s more about socializing than dancing anyway." I used to argue back with statements like, "I don’t like to dance," "They always play music I don’t like," "I would just whine about being bored," and "I see enough of our class during the day." (The last one isn’t completely serious; so if you’re reading this, don’t hurt me tomorrow, oh beloved junior class of mine.)

I personally don’t understand why they say "dancing is fun," since from what I heard, no one actually dances at these things anymore. And I don’t get how they can bug me about "not socializing" either. Yeah, I’m not exactly Miss Social Butterfly, but neither are they.

This year, they’re making a bigger deal out of it because I actually said I would go to prom. But it seems like sometimes they don’t understand sarcasm very well. Luckily, one of them has given up, since she isn’t going herself. But the other… well, she’s stubborn. I’m pretty sure she’ll call me up sometime when we’re 40-somethings and say, "You should’ve gone to prom."


To be honest, I don’t know how they expect anyone to go. At our school, it costs $20 to get in. I’ve heard stories of people who spend $200 to $400 on a dress. Besides that, you have to pay for getting your hair done, new shoes (that you can’t even dance in), and flowers. Guys need a tux, which is expensive even if you’re only renting (why don’t girls just rent dresses?). And then there are people who have to go out to dinner before going to prom. And if you’re not broke by then, you might as well rent a limousine.

Even if I did have that kind of money, what’s the point of going to this shindig, if I’m just going to stand there with a blank look on my face? I can do that pretty darn well at home, or anywhere else for that matter.

On the other hand, our post-prom party is only $5 to get in. You can wear whatever you want as long as it’s appropriate. There are enough prizes for everyone to leave with something. There is going to be a hypnotist along with various games to keep us entertained, and food will be provided, unlike the aforementioned prom. My choice is simple; I’m going to the post-prom party.

By the time anyone reads this, the Lewiston-Altura prom will be done and over with for this year. Hopefully, everyone will have had a great night regardless of what they paid.

Laura Ihrke is a junior at Lewiston-Altura High School. To respond to an opinion column, send an e-mail to

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