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4/14/2019 12:11:00 AM
First Prom

Paulette Ballard
Guest Columnist

I’m not sure who first prom is the most exciting for – the daughter who is going or the mother who is helping her prepare for this occasion.

I began prom day by carefully entering our daughter’s bedroom and snapping a picture of her sleeping so peacefully. When she heard the click of the camera and opened her eyes, I did not get a smile. I told her we needed to hustle to fit everything in on time.

We left home, went to breakfast then proceeded to the hair salon for her appointment. Here again I was ready with my little camera. I got before, during and after pictures of the hair styling.

It was now time to move on through the mall for her makeup session. Of course I had to have photos before and after expert makeup was applied. I was having fun.

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Before we could leave the mall my daughter decided we needed to go by the jewelry store one more time and make sure we had chosen the perfect accessories to go with her gown. After all something new could have come in since we last shopped for these must have items.

We ate lunch and then headed for home. As we entered our house her Dad was standing there with a dozen beautiful roses for “his little girl”. Ah, what a sweet picture this one was. She gave him an air kiss because she didn’t want to disturb the makeup or hairdo. However, after seeing how much hair spray was used on this hairdo, I doubted it would come down for a month, but she wasn’t taking any chances.

Then it was upstairs to begin further preparations. After about 30 minutes I knocked on the bathroom door and asked for permission to enter. I opened the door and saw her stick her head out from behind the shower curtain and grin at me. What a cutie and such a lovely picture that made. By now she was laughing at me, but I could take it. She checked her toes to be sure they were perfectly polished and then it was down to the bedroom to begin putting on the glam.

Her gown was perfectly fitted to her tall, trim body and she wore it with such grace I almost cried. Jewelry was arranged and strappy silver sandals were placed on perfectly pedicured feet. She was a vision of loveliness and what once had been my baby girl was now a beauty queen in front of my very eyes.

Her date rang the doorbell and Dad let him in. I saw the “wow” look on his face as she came down the stairs. He placed her wrist corsage on her arm and I placed his boutonniere on the lapel of his tux. He cut quite a dashing figure himself and together they looked elegant. Guess what? Now it was my turn again so I moved them from room to room and place to place taking pictures in front of anything and everything. Then we went outside where all my flowers were in full bloom and I captured outdoor pictures. I have to tell you I had some incredible pictures.

It was time to go to his house for pictures with his parents and then to the meeting place. The teenagers had arranged for all six couples to meet at one young lady’s house and leave from there together. Oh yes, another opportunity. I captured pictures of all six couples together, separate couples, girls alone, guys alone, couples under the gorgeous oak tree, couples on the front porch steps, couples lining up the steps to the deck and just standing around talking to each other. Just when I thought I had taken my last picture the girls decided they had to have a photo of their shoes. The ladies formed a circle, pulled the hem of their gowns up above the ankle and stuck their shoes out in a circle. I took the picture and they were happy.

Finally all parents left and the teens were free to go on their way. They continued taking their own pictures the rest of the evening at their dinner reservations, the dancing at the prom, shooting pool at the lake house after the prom and boating on the lake the following morning.

When our daughter came home that day about noon I could tell she was worn out from being up all night. She took a nap and sometime later I saw her sitting at the foot of the stairs holding one of our cats on her lap. She had on shorts, a t-shirt and her hair was standing out in every direction it possibly could. You know what I did… one last picture … the day after. I then went to Walmart and had two sets of photos made. I went home and made her a photo album of her first prom and gave it to her. She was so pleased that her entire day had been captured forever. Did I say I had two sets made? Of course I did, I still look back on those pictures and remember the fun we had and how my daughter looked like a Miss America for her first prom.

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