Sunday, June 3, 2012

Promenade


So prom went off, not exactly without a hitch. There was our collective gasp as we realized, while stuck in traffic, that our girl had forgotten the boutonnière for her date in our freezer. Again. You might recall she did this last year, too, but the day was saved by an extra lapel flower that someone had brought. This year, she had carefully selected a small orchid, and was rather pleased with it, so when we realized in unison that she didn't have it, and that to turn back for it would make her late, well, her super cousin and super brother swung into action. They jumped out the car, ran many many blocks back home to get the boutonnière, then took the subway to the Brooklyn Heights promenade, where the pre prom photos were being taken. They ran the several blocks from the train and arrived minutes before the prom goers were to board the party bus to take them to the hall where the ball was being held. ("Grand Prospect Hall. We make your dreams come true!" That's the ad for the place where the prom was held. It plays often on New York TV and the voice over lady rolls her rrr's in a particularly memorable accent.) Panting from exertion, my niece thrust the clear plastic container holding the boutonniere at her cousin, commanding, "Pin it on him now!" She couldn't, because they were in the midst of taking the photo above, but you can see the clear box with orange tissue in her hands. After, as our girl was pinning the lapel flower on her date, my niece supervised closely, saying, "I hope you know you are loved! And when I get married, you're doing everything!" My daughter was laughing but she was seriously grateful for her super siblings.

I didn't get any really good pictures of my daughter and her prom date, because everything was so rushed by the time everyone got there, and it was extremely windy, but there were a lot of cameras pointed at everything, so I think I will probably find some good photos when people have had a chance to upload them on Facebook. Here's a phone picture in the meantime. Notice the Brooklyn Bridge in the background. They kids seemed full of energy and excitement. I expect they had a ball.



18 comments:

  1. I hope those beautiful kids just had the very, very best time!

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  2. Forgot her date's boutonnière two years in a row ... ? Hmmm.

    Other than that, I like the picture. I think it's wonderful. It reminds me of when we all were that cool ;-)

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    1. Glenn, you have to know my daughter. Forgetting the boutonniere twice isn't all that strange for her... And I don't think i was ever quite that cool! ha

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  3. She's gorgeous. And so elegant! Hope her prom was everything she hoped for.

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    1. Miss A, i hope so too! for all of them. thank you!

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    1. Elizabeth, i would have shrugged and said leave it in the freezer, but apparently, it was "a thing."

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  5. They look like a magazine ad! Lovely--and love the subway running part of the story!

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    1. Kim, young people are gorgeous without even trying. they don't even know it either!

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  6. What a good looking crew! I am curious if she (or any of the girls) were able to pin the darn things on! So far I have gone through 2 proms and *I* always end up doing the pinning.

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    1. Omgrrrl, my daughter did manage to pin the flower and we have the video to prove it, LOL.

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  7. What are you talking about?! That's a great picture! Your family members' dedication to each other is so amazing and refreshing. I wish my family functioned that way. If I'd forgotten something, my relatives would have said, "Oh well!"

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    1. Steve, I was very touched, actually, by my son an my niece being so ready to save the day. they didn't have to. it was an act of generosity, born of an impulse to make our girl's day perfect. she is their little sister, maybe it is an instinct to take care of her from when they were all small. but i know my daughter would have done the same for them. yes, it was a lovely thing. thank you for acknowledging it.

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  8. Love it! It takes a village to send a young woman to her senior prom. :)

    The phone pic of your daughter and her young man is great, she looks like she is smiling directly into your eyes.

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    1. ellen, a village indeed! it sure seemed that way! i love that pic, too, but it's super grainy from being blown up large and from the shadowy areas being opened up, because really it was a quick, underexposed snap when i took it and i had to work with it in iPhoto to help those sweet faces emerge. thank you for appreciating!

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  9. What a gorgeous bunch of kids (well I guess they are adults now!) and I am getting such a kick out of all their outfits.Your daughter's dress is stunning and so is she, so natural and confident. (And how cool is that to grow up in New York City)

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  10. I'm sorry I missed this the first time around. She looks beautiful and that dress is killer!
    And I love hearing the stories behind the photos. That's the best part!
    m.

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