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    Meet Me Before the Dance

    Monday, April 16, 2012

    One of the biggest changes middle school has brought have been the dances. There was one in Fall, a dance in conjunction with the Halloween carnival, and this past Friday, the Spring Luau.


    It's been a very fun, and very sweet time, bringing to mind my own middle school dances.

    In New Orleans, the private schools had social groups they could join during the middle school years.  We had Miggy's, Ice Breakers, and 8 O'Clocks. Friday & Saturday evenings were spent with our girlfriends, getting dressed and ready to hang out with one another. It wasn't so much about the boys then. Not completely. It was more about being out at night with the girls. It made us feel cool and independent, and our parents, safe in the knowledge that we were in a secure location being watched by other adults, were content to let us feel that way.

    It's not too different from how things are for eldest and her friends, as well as for Husband and myself.

    These little tastes of social independence are good for our children. Letting them have these opportunities is good for us as parents. 

    Eldest has fun getting gussied up before each event, relishing the after school time she gets to spend with her friends. They are only middles schoolers, though, so the school is mindful not to make these gatherings exclusive to dancing. There are plenty of other activities for the students to participate in: games, sometimes rides. But the dance is there for them should they want to get their groove on.

    Eldest has fun when she goes, and always comes home tired & happy. It's before the dance, however, that I want to share with you.

    This is only the beginning of such events, so we always take pictures before each one.  Most are sweet, but eventually the humor creeps in.




    And so does the scallywag. He is not a child that likes being ignored.


    Together Eldest and her little brother ham it up, feeding off of one another's giddiness.


    These are very special times, with important memories being made. It's an honor to be a part of them, and feel the excitement of the "before" as well as the "after".

    I know as parents we reach moments when we want to freeze our children in time, but to be honest, we're having too much fun to want to stop. We're drinking in these times together, thankful that we have them.

    And if that's not reason enough to dance, I don't know what is.

    A happy Monday to you all!

    3 Responses to “
    Meet Me Before the Dance

    Ruth said...

    I love she is having fun with those dances/parties.
    And I love the second one. I wonder where she gets that silliness from.

    Ally Garner said...

    I've been reading your blog for a little over a year, and it just amazes me how beautifully Miss M is emerging into this teenage phase of life. She seems to love just who she is, has incredible poise and a confidence I wish I possessed at her age. Kudos to her loving parents ;)

    Lori Ellen said...

    I'm WAY behind on my blog reading. That first picture of Maddy is gorgeous. She's so grown up! I remember when you were pushing her in a stroller...I feel so old!