Posted by Gina Perkins, Pre-School Mommie | Posted in Open-Forum Friday | Posted on 04-05-2012
Tags: high school, Jane Khoury, prom
It’s that time of year—Prom! From the dress to the shoes and hair to makeup, it all has to be discussed, tried out, redone and then Instagramed. For most girls, it’s not who you’re taking; it’s what you’re wearing, and making sure nobody has the same dress. That’s why as soon as we found a dress, my daughter got on her friend’s Facebook pages to make sure nobody else had it.
Luckily for me and my daughter’s sanity, the dress was a hit and nobody else had it. After she quickly posted it, the question came up about shoes. You wouldn’t think something so small could be that difficult, but for women it is. For me, it was all about comfort; but for my daughter, it was making sure the heels wouldn’t make her taller than her date. Try getting into that psyche!
I kept reminding her that she was only sixteen and Jessica Simpson’s 5 inch platforms for $100 weren’t going to last on her feet for more than an hour; and then there would be the pre-party and after party, which by the way – will both be held at my house (I am surely turning into my mother!).
My daughter really wanted heels, and so every time she liked a pair, I made her walk around the store in them. It was really funny, I’ll admit. Watching her stand there with her head held up and back straight in a perfect still position. Then, when I asked her to walk , he heels turned in, her hands flared out to stay balanced, and her facial expression tried to look poised. It was definitely a scene from “What Not to Wear.”
Every shoe she tried on that was 4 inches or higher, in her mind, was a contender for prom night. In my mind, reality check and the person paying the bill, was trying saying, “Heck No!” I love my daughter and I want her to be happy, but Mommy knows best.
It was a hilarious scene at the shoe department; me showing her flats and wedges and her giving me a look—”old lady shoes!” By some miracle, she finally agreed on a pair of wedges with a peep toe. I pointed out the obvious—with a long dress nobody would see the entire shoe anyway. But in her imagination she wanted to be Hilary Duff in A Cinderella Story. I could see it, and this is what years of sitting with my daughter watching reruns of Disney movies has given me—a small tap into my daughter’s head.
Somehow I managed to get my daughter to do a 180 degree turn and buy a pair of wedges. She admitted they would be comfortable and more practical. I was beaming inside. How could this be possible? My head strong daughter who admittedly resents authority is listening to me and doing the sensible thing! Love it!
Written by Jane Khoury
Born and raised in San Francisco
Graduated in SF State in Marketing and Computer Information Systems
Two brothers, one older and one younger, and we are always in touch
Married to Sam with four children
Hobbies: tennis, golf, volunteer, volunteer, volunteer, trying to sit down and read a good book
Favorite tv shows: Smash, Biggest Loser, GCB, Desperate Housewives, and Seinfeld
Favorite pass time: going to Giants games
Secret Crush: Tom Hanks
Geek Side: loves to talk computers