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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Prom Night -- Improved

I'm working on my young adult novel. About prom. It seems no one had a great prom night (according to my readers) but if you did, feel free to share. If you didn't, you can relive a happy one in my book. Mine sucked too incidentally. One thing I noticed at my high school reunion is that I was a happy camper in high school. Always happy, always dancing around, giggling, just lighthearted. My son's teacher told me this about him too, "that kid is always happy, always smiling and laughing."

Somewhere, I guess when I started to get sicker with MS, I started to get a little more down, but one ride in my convertible, with music blaring and I was happy again. But I can't afford a convertible now. Too many moves has put us right where most people are in this economy, but you know, I need a lot less to be happy now. In high school, I had nothing and that didn't stop me.

I mean, yeah, the economy sucks, and the world is a bit shaky. But I can't do anything about that anyway, so I choose happiness! In fact, last night my son told me to act my age. That is a TOTAL compliment. I don't ever want to be my age because that would be depressing.

So what are you doing in tough times to remember that you are blessed beyond measure and that God is good?
posted at 2:41 PM  
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At 5:43 PM, Blogger Leticia said...

I never even went to my prom. I thought I was way too cool for that. Good grief! I regreted when I saw the HUGE corsage my woudl-be-date gave to his second choice. What a bummer!

You know something about riding in my car blaring my music just lifts me up. I show up in such a great move to my destination.

Music is a powerful instrument. And I know it has gotten me through some pretty rough times.

At 6:27 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Yes, that's so true Leticia. It's important to stay up now. Crank up that music.

At 8:21 PM, Blogger The Farmer's Wife said...

My high school had 89 kids my Senior year, so everyone went, no matter what the grade, so there'd be enough for a dance! But my date was older, and had been out of highschool for a couple of years, so he didn't bother to show up until the whole thing was almost over. I can still feel the humiliation!

This may be a backwards sort of thing to do, but I can just watch the evening news and it hits me pretty hard how good I have it. We live in the country, so I don't have advertising all around me, and I think that helps my contentment. Honestly, some days I'm just so grateful for a dishwasher!

At 8:50 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I went to several proms and enjoyed most of them. Music definitely affects my emotions. When I'm down, I love to listen to upbeat music.

Something that was really fun the other night, hubby and I went for a walk in the rain. I started to sing, "Walking in the Rain with the one I love . . ." He made me stop. LOL! Not really. I forgot the rest of the words.

But anyway, it was spontaneous to take our walk in the rain and VERY refreshing for this hot flash queen! *g*

At 9:19 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I only get down when I have a migraine and there's nothing much that can be done when in the throes of that. LOL But music always lifts me higher. I especially love Twila Paris.

At 2:30 AM, Anonymous Mike J. said...

I had a blast during our high school prom. I had a band back then and we played a lot of songs and everybody was dancing and rocking. That was unforgettable. I enjoyed my date's company and we had a great night together. I wonder where she is right now. I guess she's already married with kids. It was a long time ago since the last time I saw her. Anyway, that's one chapter of my life that I will always cherish. The Prom night!

At 8:41 AM, Blogger Valerie said...

This is so funny. My calendar quote for today reads: "Whoever lives content with little possesses everything."

I think that's true. Even the apostle Paul said he was learning to be content in every circumstance.

At 4:06 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Di, I do believe you're one of the few who had a decent prom date. Good on you hon.

At 1:13 PM, Blogger Betsy Ann St. Amant said...

I only did church prom alternatives in high school, which were better in my opinion! We'd meet at the church in our gowns with our date, take group pics, and go to a fancy restaurant and then end up midnight glow-bowling or something fun.

I did have a good prom experience in college though, when I was dating my now-husband who was a senior in high school. (he got himself an older woman!) I had a gown that made me feel very Marilyn Monroe-ish, and had the BEST candid pic taken of me and hubby dancing that is still framed today and on our mantle. =) We had a blast. And of course, my hubby got on stage with a few other senior boys and sang the YMCA. Fun times.

At 9:43 PM, Blogger Annette O'Hare said...

I was dumped at prom by a boy who (I thought) was the love of my life. I look back and praise God I got dumped! LOL!

At 9:45 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Getting dumped never feels good, until you look back and think, WHAT WAS WRONG WITH ME??? Glad it worked out.


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

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Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

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Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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