By Diane Ako
"When do kids go to prom?" Claus asked me. Disney Channel was on and prom was the topic.
"It depends. I had Sophomore Banquet, Junior Prom, and Senior Prom," I told him. "So, around 15, 16, 17."
"Is that in high school?" he continued.
"Um? Where do you think kids are at age 15?" I asked.
"So we have to buy three prom dresses for her?" he quizzed.
"Well, probably six. Other boys from other grades and other schools will probably ask her to their proms, too," I joked, knowing I was dancing on his anxiety spot.
His eyes popped, then narrowed. "No, no, no! I will make sure that does not happen," he growled, eyes scanning the room for his black belt.
I was wondering why this was such a shock to him, so I asked, "Why is this so new to you? Didn't you have prom in Denmark?"
For all the years I've been with this husband, we have never talked about the American custom of proms. I didn't realize until this conversation that proms don't exist in Denmark!
They have Sodavands Fest: soda parties at nightclubs. He dragged up photos on the Internet of kids at nightclubs at end-of-year parties that occur at 3 in the afternoon.
The girls don't dress up in fancy gowns. The boys don't rent tuxes. Limos aren't really a part of that event. It's just college, but a few years earlier and with virgin drinks.
Being American, I can't imagine high school memories without prom, but being a mother, I think I much prefer the idea of my girl drinking pop at 3 p.m. rather than partying till dawn after prom night. How can we replace prom with soda parties here in the US?!