Straight Up with Sherri

Monday, February 14, 2005

Forgive Me for Taking a Personal Moment.......

Any of you parents out there will certainly understand as I take a moment to show-off my first born! He is 15 years old, and went to his first "formal" dance on Saturday night. As you can see, he and his date are just delightful. I look at these pictures and think of the joy and wonder of life that we all embrace in our youth. Ahhhhhhhh, to be young again would be great, but I would never trade it for the feeling I have when I look at these pictures. My children; truly the best part of who I am...............

MOM is sooooooooo PROUD! Posted by Hello

Aren't they GORGEOUS!!!!!!? Posted by Hello


  • A fine young man you have Sherri. You are obviously proud...of course he's gorgeous!

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    By Blogger la6868, at 3:56 PM  

  • STUDLY!!!


    They are so obviously happy. I'm sure they had a great time.

    Oh yes, the school formal. I remember well the two proms I attended. My junior year, I didn't have a date. Panicked at the thought that I might miss this most auspicious of occasions, I consented to take a friend's girlfriend to the prom, because he was going to be out of town but he didn't want her to miss the festivities. Besides, he knew I was too much of a gentleman to try anything (and he would have beat me to a thin red paste if I had). My Mom had this wierd idea that I would not look good in black, so my "tux" was a kind of three-piece grey suit, with flared legs no less (this was 1979), that she made for me. Meanwhile, all my friends looked positively natty in rented formalwear, and I felt silly. My date spent the whole evening faking a headache. It was not fun, but at least I put in an appearance and thus saved myself from the disgrace of not going.

    In my senior year I went with someone I was actually seeing on a friendly basis. Once again, I allowed my Mom (God love her) to make my formalwear decisions for me, and she convinced me to wear a lime green tux -- yes, you read that correctly, STOP LAUGHING -- because she thought it would go well with my date's yellow prom dress. We looked like a daffodil and an asparagus. While we were at my house getting pictures taken, my chariot -- an orange 1974 Subaru GL nicknamed "Trudy" -- rolled down the driveway and into the ditch, its nose poking up in the air and its butt in the weeds. The neighbors had to come and pull her out with their pickup truck. We got to the prom a little late, but we still managed to have a pretty good time. She opted to skip the prom breakfast, though, so it was an early evening for us. Trudy was unscathed and went on to serve me well all the way through college.

    At the next formal to which I was invited, I vowed that I would make my own wardrobe decisions, thank-you-very-much, and I went in a black tuxedo with tails and a black bow tie. Mom saw the picture and loved it.

    The moral of this story is threefold:

    1) Don't take friends' girls to formal dances. You're better off finding the girl who hasn't been asked yet...I guarantee you'll have more fun.

    2) When parking on a hill, DON'T FORGET THE PARKING BRAKE.

    3) Don't let your mother dress you for the prom. It's been years since she's been to school, and nostalgia has made her forget the merciless ridicule of the senior class.

    By Blogger Sloan, at 5:33 PM  

  • SLOAN!!!!!!!!!


    I am still wiping the tears from my face from laughter!!!

    I am so glad you come by and comment!!

    My poor son, we went shopping for a suit for him, I found a 40 REG jacket, the smallest they had. His head just looked so small! LOL!!! ( the young man is only 5'3" )

    Thank God I had enough sense to not buy that jacket...

    I called a friend of mine-- GREAT GUY! He was soooo kind-- HE took my son shopping for me. Of course-- they got the suit he is wearing....

    Thank GOD for him-- I had enough sense to recruit help.....


    Thanks for sharing!!

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 5:42 PM  

  • A fascinating discourse that happens later in life at school reunions involves many of the stories that surface. Things nobody would have told when they were "current events".
    We find that everyone has problems, nobody was really all that "popular" or "unpopular" and that hilarious situations abound.
    Sloan: Thanks for sharing your tale with us. It saves me having to renting another "teen catastrophic" movie.

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 5:52 PM  

  • Sherri,
    You have a hansome son! He looks as if he could study politics.
    Speaking of, if your son wanted to get have a career in politics would continue to have the blog site if you know it would effect his career?

    By Blogger CA7350, at 8:29 PM  

  • CA7350

    What a GREAT question...

    I have this blog site because it truly is my PASSION!

    I enjoy it ALL-- even the comments that disagree---

    If my son were to pursue politics-- I would do ALL I could to help...

    Now-- your question tips onto a very important topic.

    If my son pursued a career in geneology-- I would still help him... but because MY PASSIONS are in politics- I may be more efective in helping him.....

    Does this make any sense?

    Either way--- I am his MOM first-- and encouraging him to follow the morals I instilled in him would be my FIRST job- regardless of what career path he pursues......

    GREAT QUESTION!!!!!!!!!

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 8:43 PM  

  • Hi Sherri,

    Your boy looks SO happy and handsome! How proud you must be of him! My boy is all grown up now and living in another state, so thanks so much for sharing yours. The pictures brought tears to my eyes. And Sloan, thanks to you for sharing your marvelous story. Happy Valentines Day to everybody! sniffle-sniffle

    ---Lady Redhawk

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:46 PM  

  • Sherri I read this site with my doughter she is 18. Your son is very handsome and his date is very pretty. Furthermore, my doughter is also attending prome. We had a hard time to fine a suitable dress for her. She is not satisfied yet. I have no choice. We have to go shopping one more weekend.

    By Blogger d4544, at 10:26 PM  

  • I am in shock! From your picture, I can't believe you are old enough to have a 15 year old. For a moment, I did not know what page I was looking at.

    By Blogger The Cassandra Page, at 11:11 PM  

  • I know you must be proud of him. You have many more precious moments to capture like prom, graduation and marriage. I hope that you will be able to see moments him.

    By Blogger Jm0725, at 11:47 PM  

  • i was never one for my dances while in school. My 12th grade year i decided to go to my prom but for only one reason. Because i didn't want my friend to go alone. My friend, elissa, was going to go with my friend wesley. He decided to punk out on her and left her going alone. I couldn;t let her do that because i knew it was important for her. I always had a crush on her so i was excited about going to my only prom with this amazing woman.

    We had a great dinner and went to the prom. The prom was okay but the best part of it all was that evening she expressed how she felt about me. I also told her that i have wanted her around for a long time. We dated on and off for two years. it was a hard break up but she is now one of the most special people in my life.

    By Blogger dashampton, at 11:30 PM  

  • Sherri, they make a very attractive couple. You must be so proud. My son went to his first formal last fall (Harrison homecoming). He looked quite handsome in a black suit, white shirt and pink and grey striped tie. It was his first suit and it changed his life. Now he wears thrift-shop blazers and ties to school all the time (because I won't let him wear the good suit on a regular basis). He decided he definitely wants a career where he gets to dress up all the time. I thought that was just great because people who wear suits to work make more money (unless they're limo drivers).


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:34 PM  

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