I never thought I would have another chance to attend a prom, but a tutoring program in Chicago, 826Chicago, gave me the perfect opportunity. This is a not for profit writing center for children, found in most of the major cities. It is pretty awesome because each center has a normal storefront where they sell themed items, like pirate notions or lumberjack supplies. Volunteers, like our friend Mark, help create writing workshops to inspire the kids.
We were asked to wear "second hand formal" to the prom. My dress was $4.99 at the Salvation Army. Brian had an old three piece suit from when he played Henry Higgins in high school (he was pretty gosh-darned proud that it still fit). His glasses were a $0.49 buy and he loved them - they completed his Napoleon Dynamite look. Look at this guy, a face only a mom and wife could love.
The prom actually took place in a gymnasium with a d.j. spinning the 80s records all night long. Now, of course, 80s music doesn't take me back to my prom days. I could've used a little Boyz II Men and Celine Dion. We had several friends with us, and as you can see, one outfit was as crazy as the next.
The other girl in pink, Sue, was actually wearing her mother in law's prom dress from 1965. How great is that?!
Now, just so you don't feel knitting deprived - a shot of my completed Dublin Bay socks...