Monday, May 19, 2014

The Dance

Today we're going to talk about school dances.

Do you remember in the movie Sixteen Candles when Samantha and her mom talk about their plans for the evening and Samantha was all angsty about her family forgetting about her sixteenth birthday?

As a kid my reaction to this was all "I will rip my jelly shoes to shreds in outrage if that ever happens to ME!!!" As a parent of small kids I was all "YEAH RIGHT like any parent would ever forget their own child's birthday, AS IF!" And as a parent of t(w)eens I'm all "Jeebus, this almost happened to me just the other month; I need to stop day-drinking."

Anywhoopsies, Samantha was all defeated about her stupid family forgetting about her most important birthday, and muttered to her mom "I think I have a dance to go to" in order to get out of the house and escape the horrors of spending the weekend with them and her grossly inappropriate and thus totally normal grandparents.


*experience the magic at 2:05*

Sixteen Candles came out at a formative period in my life, and as such I have used its wisdom in many life situations.  I use the "I think I have a dance to go to" line all the time when my husband asks me to help him with something, tailoring it to any situation.  Him: "Honey, can you help me reorganize the shed?"  Me: "I think I have to check the yard for worms."  "I think I have to buy some pickles."  "I think I have to go to the mall for new pantaloons."

It works.  Any seemingly more important event trumps whatever someone else has going on.  It helps if the task is incomprehensible to the person making the request.  Pantaloons are hard to find, peeps.

We all know what happened next in the movie.  Because Samantha was so distraught about her birthday being a dud, she went to the dance and gave her underpants to a nerd.  Obviously that was a brilliant idea and so it became my go-to response for every crummy thing I experienced in my teens. And twenties and thirties.  As for my forties, I haven't really tried it yet, but fingers crossed that it still works.

The lesson here is that anything can happen at a school dance.  A school dance is scary and exciting at first, eventually becomes no big deal, and turns into a great way to avoid your family.

And this weekend, it was a big deal for this one, who went to her first big school dance on Friday:



Don't worry.  I warned her about the underpants.

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14 comments:

  1. We had Prom on Saturday. I'm glad I didn't think about the underpants scene.

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    1. I'm sure most kids know better these days. That movie did a public service for kids in the 80s, really.

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  2. that is one of THE BEST MOVIES EVER. Tim and I say "What's a happenin' Hot Stuff" to each other all the time. So many choice lines really.

    Also, this post relates to my life in that my son has been singing "Man In the Mirror", the Michael Jackson song lately because his teacher at school played it for him. That was the first song I dance to with a boy in middle school. Oh the memories!

    Your girl looks so cute, hope she had a great time!!

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    1. Thanks Elaine! I love that line, too. So many good ones. She had a great time, and said she only tried to embarass her brother "a little." :)

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  3. I remember my first dance! I danced with a guy with BO.

    But I got asked to dance! I got asked to dance!

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    1. Yes. BO is easy to remedy. A hurt teen ego is harder. xo

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  4. Pretty girl. Looks like her mama.

    Sixteen Candles is the best movie ever. "There's your Chinaman, Howard."

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    1. Thanks, Cary!

      I still find this movie hilarious for so many different reasons. So many funny lines went right over my head back then; they waited for me when I was finally able to understand them.

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  5. One of my favorite movies.
    And I do quote it CONSTANTLY.
    Whoa about the dance! I'm going to my first school dance in over a decade next month at the retro prom at BlogU. Whoa!

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    1. Have fun at your prom - how fun! Here's hoping that you give your underwear to the right guy.

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  6. Um, I've never watched the movie. Does that mean I'm not cool?
    How did her dance go?

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    1. The dance was a fun event for everyone, thanks for asking! The fact that you never saw this movie tells me that you are so cool you didn't even have to see it to know how to get through your teen years.

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  7. Pantaloons ARE hard to find.
    I've heard.

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    1. Sigh. Why did they ever go out of style? They're the only style of pants that flatter my ankles.

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