Last Saturday night was the Homecoming dance at my son’s high school. He, his girlfriend, and his closest friends spent the few days/weeks prior getting prepped (clothes, hair, make-up) and I was lucky enough to help out some with the clothes and make-up (my boss did my son’s girlfriend’s make-up the afternoon of the dance).
Out of all this is a treasure trove of really cool photos taken before the dance…gone viral on Facebook and Instagram. Beautiful kids…young adults…enjoying their high school experience. It wasn’t like that in the 70’s when I went to school. It was post-Vietnam, post-Nixon and an abundance of apathy. School spirit wasn’t cool. We even had a smoking area at my high school…
My son said that the dance was a huge success and the amount of kids dancing and going nuts was off the chart. This warms my heart. My son (and my daughter before him) are able to enjoy the high school experience that for the most part, my generation missed, and I’m beyond blessed that my kids have engaged themselves academically and become involved in after school activities. This was unheard of at my high school.
What’s more, they are involved with other young adults that care about themselves and their friends…they: ” have each others backs” as my son so often says. Other than the occasional party where alcohol is consumed, these kids are drug free and on the path to success. It’s a testament to their parents and our community that an environment has been created to allow them to succeed. Is it perfect? Far from it…we suffer from the same societal issues that most middle-class communities do, but I believe my son and the majority of his friends have been fortunate enough to coalesce with like-minded young adults who value friendship, loyalty, integrity and sense of community that was sorely lacking in my experience.
They may not know it now, but I simply marvel at the memories they are creating…go forth Class of 2014…you guys are doing it right!