It was prom night at our county high school this weekend. The rented tuxedo gear landed and we struggled to figure out how to put the whole get-up together.
We particularly struggled with the tie.
We don’t know how to tie a tie.
Little sister tried to help.
She wasn’t really any help. Neither was I.
We had to call for outside manly assistance.
Then there was even more trouble in tuxedo-land.
Ross had requested a shirt made for a regular suit tie but they gave him a shirt for a bow tie by mistake.
And we had a tie bought specifically to match his girlfriend’s dress and I’d ironed it and everything. (I never iron! I had to borrow an iron!)
52 saved the day, loaning him a white dress shirt. All was well in tuxedo-land again!
And off he went, dressed to the nines. I stalked him into town, following in my car.
I’m kidding! He gave me permission to follow him to pick up his girlfriend so I could take pictures.
I never stalk anyone. Unless they’re Nora Roberts.
They even let me write this blog post about them and previewed it. I’m having some of the photos printed and framed in a series as a gift to each of them.
Look! His girlfriend was actually ready when he arrived. She’s one in a million! We love her. She’s a beautiful girl and very smart. She’s going to study criminal justice and forensics in college.
There was the exchange of flowers–a wrist corsage for her, a lapel rose for him.
Behold, the perfectly matching tie that was worth the last-minute trauma.
It’s hard to believe that in a few weeks they will be high school graduates.
They dated on and off in 11th grade and for all of senior year. How much more adorable could they be? They are in love.
This is the look of a boy who loves his girlfriend. This is happiness. The kind of happiness that is ordinary splendor.
Can you look at these pictures and not feel the joy of life and love and youth?
Behold, my handsome boy.
And then away they went to the prom.
I had the eerie feeling I’d just witnessed the preview of the wedding. I could almost hear the cans tied to the bumper rattling as they drove away………..
They grow up so fast!!!!
Ms E says:
Oh, I like that shade of blue! Your valiant tuxedo efforts paid off, they’re an adorable couple.
On May 4, 2009 at 1:54 am
Oh what a cute couple they make! I know how you feel. My oldest had her junior prom a couple weeks ago. Her boyfriend asked her to marry him that night. Of course they’re waiting til after they graduate, but I hope they both go on to college. My goodness, I can still remember so clearly the first day she had to walk down our deadend street to the bus stop by herself. Where does the time go??
On May 4, 2009 at 3:01 am
jan 'n' tn says:
We know what the girlfriend wants to study…how bout #1 sons’ interests. 😕
AAHHH, prom night, what fun times.
Thank you mom, for taking the wrinkles out of the tie.
And big thanks to 52, for saving the day with the shirt and that awesome knot.
HAPPY is written all over those faces, sweet couple. Spectacular color too.
On May 4, 2009 at 3:42 am
Awwww, senior prom is to let mom get a practice run for graduation…….get all those feelings that your little boy is grown up.
They are a beautiful, happy looking couple! The tie matched beautifully, thank goodness you knew where to borrow an iron and 52 had a shirt!!
On May 4, 2009 at 3:49 am
They are a good looking couple.
On May 4, 2009 at 4:33 am
They are a great looking couple. So cute. Love the color of the dress and the tie was a perfect match. Thank goodness 52 saved the day with a dress shirt.
No prom here yet. We have a few years yet. Thank goodness.
On May 4, 2009 at 5:09 am
Jenni in KS says:
Aw, sweet! Dh and I went to my senior prom together–20 years ago this month!
On May 4, 2009 at 5:21 am
That is ONE HANDSOME SON you have there my dear friend! I remember being young and in love. The feeling that NO ONE else in the whole world could possibly feel that way you feel about this person. You can see that in his face when he kissed her… 😉 lucky girl. Nice job picking her #1 son, you can help my boys pick one in the future!!! LOL
On May 4, 2009 at 5:21 am
AWWW…..I don’t know what’s better….baby animal and chick pics,Clover and her kingdom pics, mouthwatering food pics,kitty & doggie pics, OR…….VERY HANDSOME SON pics!! What a sweet couple they make.I know you must have cried.
The time goes by so fast.
On May 4, 2009 at 5:43 am
Lynda Dunham-Watkins says:
So many firsts we get to share with our children, making memories. He is handsome, seems like a fine young man. You’ve done yourself proud.
On May 4, 2009 at 6:04 am
Oh,my. He looks at her like every young girl wants to be looked at! They look smashing together. He’s very handsome. Thank you for sharing that special time with us.
On May 4, 2009 at 6:14 am
Oh stop… my ‘boy’ is getting married June the 6th to his girlfriend of almost 12 years. They started dating his junior year of high school. I already have my waterproof mascara for the wedding…
And I remember thinking exactly what you are when they had Prom…
On May 4, 2009 at 6:19 am
Ah, to be young again! They are a beautiful couple. :heart:
On May 4, 2009 at 6:24 am
What a beautiful couple!They do look very in love. :heart: Hope you are doing Ok with all of the Mom feelings that come with having a senior this year. I am right there with you, our prom is in 2 weeks…Its so hard to believe. :snuggle:
On May 4, 2009 at 6:27 am
How I remember the tugs on the heart. All the bittersweet moments of the final days of high school. I hope you enjoy every single minute. And, yes…they DID look wonderful – and all glowy. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to bottle that Young Love feeling and take a sip now and then?
On May 4, 2009 at 6:37 am
Very sweet couple! Your boy looked so snazzy!
My son took his girlfriend to her 8th grade dance. (he is a freshman and technically should not have been there, but he helped the teachers decorate and there were other circumstances involved, so the teachers invited him to come) They wore the SAME colors and my son had the same tie! Thankfully, DH was able to tie it for him. I haven’t tied one since the 80’s, when I was trying to dress like member of Duran Duran!
On May 4, 2009 at 6:49 am
We did that here this weekend, too. Not my child, but one I consider an adopted child. Love her to death. But hate to see her growing up.
On May 4, 2009 at 6:49 am
They look so good together. I love her dress (it’s nice to see a someone at prom wearing a CLASSY, not slutty, dress). I hope they had a great time.
On May 4, 2009 at 6:57 am
You mentioned that Girlfriend is planning to study forensic science in college. Will she be going to Marshall?
On May 4, 2009 at 7:32 am
Suzanne McMinn says:
No, she’s going to be going to Glenville then WVU.
On May 4, 2009 at 9:40 am
That is so beautiful 🙂 It does bring back lots of memories.
On May 4, 2009 at 7:42 am
Wow. She is beautiful! What a great-looking couple!
On May 4, 2009 at 8:04 am
Claudia W. says:
What a beautiful couple! They look so good together! Aw…young love, it’s wonderful, isn’t it?
I hope they ahd a grand time. This will be an evening to remember forever! You have to let us know how it went for them.
On May 4, 2009 at 8:56 am
Nancy in Atlanta says:
A couple looking that fabulous just had to have a great time at the prom. I’m always amazed at the self-confidence your kids show by letting you photograph them for your blog. Ross picked a winner for his girlfriend, so that shows his good sense as well. This happy moment is just what I needed today as I bark like a seal for the 2nd day of bronchitis!!
On May 4, 2009 at 9:29 am
How handsome son looks and how pretty the girlfriend looks. Gorgeous tux and beautiful dress. They do look in love. Aww young love. That tie was worth every bit of effort put into it Suzanne. My Princess has Sr. prom in a couple of weeks then off to college. I try very hard not to think about it. :no:
On May 4, 2009 at 10:15 am
Barbara Wilson says:
:snuggle: Suzann what wonderfull pic`s You have a very handsome son , & they make a wonderfull couple tell him best of luck in his yrs to come . maybe you will be having a wedding coming up soon. U think ? You always make my day when I bring up u`r site
On May 4, 2009 at 11:08 am
Tori Lennox says:
On May 4, 2009 at 11:41 am
Jaymi B. says:
Thanks Suzanne, I’m sitting here trying to have pizza and a coke..but it’s hard to swallow when you’re bawling. My son is there now, too and it’s KILLING ME. I don’t want him to leave wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
On May 4, 2009 at 11:59 am
:devil2: Oh what a beautiful dress! What a lovely couple! Uhuhuhmmmm You’ve discussed Birth Control … right Suzanne?
Ruth < ~~ who should be minding her own business but remembers Prom night… uhmmm 40 years ago
On May 4, 2009 at 12:29 pm
That is so sweet! You have a great son there! I can here the pride and excitement there!
I know what you are feeling! I have a 23 yr old son of whom I am very proud. He has a good and beautiful girlfriend that we like a lot. DOn’t konw if there is a wedding in the offing soon, but I am hoping. It’s so sweet! They are so in love!
That is a beatiful tie, btw. Very nicely ironed too!
On May 4, 2009 at 2:28 pm
Ken Mueller says:
Do your son and girl friend-in-law have blogs? I am thoroughly entertained by your blog but am a little curious what some of the characters in it are thinking? Or will we have to wait until Oprah and/or her descendents reveal all? Keep up the good work. Your blog is the first thing I turn to every day.
On May 4, 2009 at 2:35 pm
Suzanne McMinn says:
No, they don’t have blogs. They probably think mine is enough, LOL.
On May 4, 2009 at 2:45 pm
Debbie in PA says:
What a sweet post….actually made me “damp up” a little! What a nice looking couple! And you are so right about feeling the joy of life and love and youth….. :snuggle:
But Suzanne…..let’s not rush things here…unless those tin cans you were hearing were for another member of your family….. :devil2:
On May 4, 2009 at 2:35 pm
What a handsome couple they make.
They look so happy and comfortable with each other.
I hope the prom was all they dreamed it would be!!
On May 4, 2009 at 3:14 pm
They are a very handsome couple!
On May 4, 2009 at 3:37 pm
Wow, he grew up so quickly! Where did the time go? They are a cute couple, and yes, it’s obvious they are in love. Ah, young love.
On May 4, 2009 at 3:59 pm
Awwwww how sweet – I had 3 proms – one daughter went two different years. Girls – just wait until it’s princess – definitely more high maintenance lol. Neither are with the same boys lol. I married the guy that I went with to his prom and mine. We’ll be married 40 years this june – yikes!
On May 4, 2009 at 4:24 pm
😉 :sun: :hug: Aww! They are such a good couple!My prom is in 9 years. I cant wait! :hissyfit: :heart: They look sooooooooo adorable together! Hope to see you soon
Love :heart: :wave:
On May 4, 2009 at 4:31 pm
The Retired One says:
How nice of them to include you in the ceremony of the prom prep, etc.
He is one handsome boy.
Don’t rush them to the alter yet…they have a lot of living to do first! ha
On May 4, 2009 at 5:48 pm
That is just too sweet! :snuggle: I think Ross is going to be a judge or lawyer or State Trooper – he just has that look of integrity. A fine young man. I just picture him being something like that.
They are so cute…I am so glad all went well! :snuggle:
On May 4, 2009 at 7:32 pm
Mental P Mama says:
Ross is the spitting image of his mama!
On May 4, 2009 at 7:40 pm
:snuggle: Beautiful post!! Nothing more need be said.. :snuggle:
On May 4, 2009 at 10:28 pm
Beautiful kids and they make a lovely couple! Ross is very handsome and the young lady is very pretty! Hope they had an awesome time.
Prom is definitely a “mile marker” in life, but there will be many more to celebrate! Only shed tears of joy.
Oh yeah, and when Princess gets there….Watch out!….you’ll have to spend months looking for the right dress!
On May 4, 2009 at 10:55 pm
Scary how fast this happens. I am forbidding my girls to grow up. I’m not sure I could handle this!
On May 4, 2009 at 11:23 pm
Oh my, tears in my eyes– youth! How fast our kids grow up! It is awesome to see them enjoying a prom, each other, flowers, dressing up — life can get so complicated,so fast, when we’re not even looking! Here is a PROM NIGHT to remember–forever!
On May 6, 2009 at 3:44 pm
Kim W says:
LOVED the ‘trauma’ over the matching tie!! In Feb., we had our 1st homeschool prom for our county. Our youngest (and only one left 🙁 ) found a beautiful yellow gown. Her date went to nearly every dept store in 2 counties (no kidding!) to find THE perfect shade of yellow tie! He did. They had a blast!
Blessings from Ohio…
On May 7, 2009 at 10:37 am
Just lovely! He is a very handsome lad, your Ross. I wish him much success this weekend with his Navy drill on the 21.
On August 10, 2010 at 12:34 pm