Today is the first school dance for a certain brand new middle school-er in my family.
Titled "The Welcome back to school" dance, it is directly after school and won't just have dancing.
Carnival games, prizes and, of course, plenty of sugar laden treats will keep kids busy whether they dance or not.
One of the neighbor girls said, "Everyone is asking someone to go to the dance!"
Really? Actually not everyone because she and my new middle school-er did not. But apparently some people did.
The results? Lots of declines but thank you very much. Ah...just like life.
The preferred mode is to meet up with a few friends and brave the social scene together without the added stress of an arranged "date" at 11 or 12.
Jake said this morning, "This sure does seem like a lot of pressure to put on the kids." Thank you very much. I agree. But at least there are other things to do other than dance.
I remember my 6th grades dances. Light was dim, the girls clustered giggling in their "party clothes", boys visibly uncomfortably, lurking on the extreme other side of the room. Any dancing? No, not much.
Dances really didn't get rockin' until high school or at least 8th grade.
Molly told me at 6:00 PM last night that she volunteered to bring treats to the dance. Yow! Too late to make anything so I called the local bakery to save our bacon.
So, they are selling treats too? Ah ha! I get it. This is just another fund raising opportunity for the school. I get it now.
Let's hope they have fun and not take all this too seriously.
For some, it is a lot of pressure. Wish we didn't have to start them on it so young.
Well, dances are different these days. There was plenty of dancing, not much standing around uncomfortably. The 8th graders planned, organized, decorated and picked the music for the dance. They get to decide what to do with the money raised.
I think most of the 6th graders were a little shocked at how sexually charged the older kid's dancing was. I figured there would be some bumping and grinding. Well, there was LOTS of bumping and grinding from the 8th graders.