Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Senior Prom

I’ve never shared this with you all but my mother lives in an assisted living facility. She’s pretty young compared to the average age median there so she pretty much stays to herself. She can be such a snob at times.

Last Friday the facility put on a Senior Prom for the residents. They sent me a notice and asked that all RSVP’s be in by April 1st. Well of course I never even broached the subject with my mother because her being the snob that she is would surely have looked at me as if I had 3 heads and told me with out a doubt, “NO!” so I simply threw the invitation in the trash and went on with life. Completely forgetting about said Senior Prom until I received a call from one of the employees telling me that they had gotten my mother out of her room, got her dressed and she was down at the prom and I should come see her.

I was thrilled that they got her out of the room because she had been camped out there for months now. I walked into the dining room and it was decorated really nicely with banners and balloons and they had a live band whom were really good might I say. The old folks were all dressed up in their dresses and suites and ties and dancing. I was speechless. It was the cutest thing I had seen in ages.

As I moved further into the dining room to search for my mother nothing could have prepared me for what I saw. There, sitting in her wheelchair looking on at the festivities was my mother all dressed up with her hair pulled back in a really nice bun and get this, they put make up on her! She looked phenomenal. I was flabbergasted. I walked over to her and said, “Oooohhhh look at you all done up. You look great.” She simply smiled and said thank you.

I stood by her for a good while until one of the employees pulled up a chair for me to sit. I don’t know about anybody else but I was having a ball watching the old folks get their party on. You would have thought it was my prom the way my eyes twinkled at all the sights. I looked over at my mother and asked her, “Are you having a good time?” In true Queen Diva fashion she just simply shrugged her shoulders and said, “Eeehhh. I guess.”

I sent my two younger brothers a picture of mom that I snapped with my camera phone to which the youngest one replied “Make sure she gets back to her room at a respectable hour. You know what happens at these proms.” Eeeiiiwww, thanks for the visual.


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Jeni said...

What a great event! Isn' it wonderful when these assisted living places actually provide something that enlivens the atmosphere for the residents?

SSC~ The Domestic Diva said...

Mixture of laughter and tears! I love it, I love it that they got your Mom, AKA Big Diva out of her room. You are SUCH a good daughter.

This makes me happy to hear of such great stories at these senior living places and how well they treat the residents. You go mom, don't worry about being out past curfew!

LaiLani Ali said...

How cute!

LiLu said...

I wonder how much viagra was swimming around in pockets that night...

Queen-Size funny bone said...

I worked in a facility for years and I planned things like this all the time. Everyone loved to get spruced up. I would get teens to come in and escort the seniors.

Tanyetta said...

That is so sweet! I can imagine how everyone was having a great time! I know she looked beautiful!

LOL at her not missing curfew. That's right, you know FREAKY has NO AGE LIMITS! ;)

Melissa said...

That's so sweet! I've heard of Senior Proms before and I personally think it's a great idea. How often do older people get a chance to dress up and go dancing? I'm glad you made it there to see her.

lisaq said...

Awww that's one of the sweetest stories I've read in a long time. I'm so happy for you that you got to see your mom in such a great way.

abbagirl74 said...

Awww! How absolutely sweet!

dmarks said...

Sounds like a good time for all. Nice post.

Tonya said...

what your brother said made me giggle. That is too funny. glad she had fun and that you got to go be with her.

n0days0ff said...

Why do I keep picturing pops in a powder blue suit walking up and down the dance floor saying "bang bang bang".lol that sounded sweet

Hit 40 said...

Did you tell your mom what your brother said? I guess we shouldn't, but it was a cute comment.

My inlaws are getting up there in age too. I think we will be making that decision sooner than we think :-(

Freckle Face Girl said...

That sounds wonderful. I love that the employees went to all the effort to make sure they had a good time.

CJ said...

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CJ

Lys said...

That's so good that your mom participated. As for your brother - that was too funny!

Pageant Mom said...

I come from a family where all the kids think they are adults then morph into adults that think they are kids....

I used to love to volunteer at the old folks home, now you've made me want to again!!

Now my dad is 80 and my mom is 66, and if you were to even suggest such a thing they'd say "awww that's for OLD people!"

totally adorable!

Mizrepresent said...

That was simply beautiful!

Ann(ie) said...

That is so sweet. And your brothers comment cracks me up!!!

Amber said...

Yeah, that is a visual we could all do without! But what a neat event for them and how you will always treasure that memory.

Sandi McBride said...

OMG, I'm laughing my (what little I have left)arse off! I can just see your Beauty Queen Mama Diva waving to the sweating masses on the dance floor...you paint such a picture Tee honey!
I want to thank you so much for all the loving concern that you sent to me while I was in Hospital...it was so appreciated!
love and hugs
Sandi

B said...

Aww! What a great idea! I'm glad your mother enjoyed herself!

Terri said...

wow; that's pretty cool.

imbeingheldhostage said...

What a great idea! Big Diva-- that's funny :-)