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I Didn’t Get To Go To Prom, So My Boyfriend Recreated prom Just For Me

By Jennifer Scott Pickett

I didn’t have a very traditional high school experience. Thanks in part to my dad and stepmom’s strict religious views, I wasn’t allowed to do a lot of things like be a cheerleader (they didn’t think Jesus would approve of the short skirts) or go to prom (prom leads to premarital sex, I guess?). It was kinda a bummer at the time, but I never felt like my whole life was crippled because of it or anything. Mostly, it’s just always been a funny story I like to tell.

But, now, thanks to Chase, I have an even better story to share.

Look at him, he’s beautiful and magical.

Chase and I knew each other for a while before we dated, and then we became very close friends the year leading up to us becoming a couple, so he knew my (lack of) prom story. What I didn’t expect is what he would do with that information.

Fairly early into our official romantic status, he told me he wanted to take me on a very special surprise date. Turns out he was staging a prom experience for me. It doesn’t get much more fucking romantic than that.

Unfortunately -poor guy – I unwittingly threw a lot of wrenches into his plans.

For example, I begged him not to take me to some high-end restaurant, which was the way he was planning to get me all dressed up. At the time I was a single mom working two jobs, and I was always exhausted. What I did in my down time was very important to me. I just didn’t feel like playing dress up or ordering off a menu I could barely understand, so I made him promise he wouldn’t take me anywhere that required a dress or heels.

Then, to make things even more difficult for him, after work I came to his house to get ready – which is the same house he was decorating for the big event!

He’s a clever one though. He somehow convinced me not to leave his bedroom or bathroom without it seeming suspicious, and then, once I was ready, he got me out of the house and into his car without suspecting a thing. I’ll never forget how he got into the driver’s seat, drove us around the neighborhood… and then pulled right back up to the house hahaha.

Even though I was wearing jeans and a black shirt with red Converse (Chase dressed to match me, which I thought was pretty weird at the time lol) instead of a poofy dress, I can now proudly say I’ve been to prom. He even had someone there to announce us as prom king and queen – I know, I know. It’s such cheesy rom-com PERFECTION it makes me want to cry just thinking about it. Honestly, how did I get this lucky?

Do yourself a favor and scroll through the pics to see what an epic job he did pulling this off. I’m gonna be honest. I’m kinda glad I didn’t get the traditional prom experience, because this was so much better.

That’s a lot of balloons and lights. And in the corner he had a little DJ station set up, along with bubbles!

Obviously, he chose the best theme.

Look at all those freaking candles!

He had wine for me and ordered pizza as the main course, because he’s perfect (and because I’m one low-maintenance bitch.)

For our “after party”we went to downtown Nashville for ice cream.

And naturally, we wore our prom crowns.

Jennifer Scott Pickett is a freelance writer for hire who specializes in parenting and lifestyle content. She is half of the comedy duo that makes up Salty Mermaid Entertainment based in Atlanta, GA. In her free time –  Wait. She’s a mom of three. She doesn’t have any free time. Learn more by clicking here.

How styling a Mom Bun|Man Bun could be beneficial for you

As a parent there are many scenarios in which wearing either a ‘Mom Bun’ or a ‘Man Bun’ can be beneficial for you.

Let me explain via a couple hypothetical examples why this could be true.

Scenario No. One

You’ve been invited by a parent you met at the park to their home for a group play date. They were very clear about the group play date being during a specific time block because of nap schedules and also insisted that you be on time so your children won’t miss any of the fun.

You planned everything the night before and laid out everyone’s clean outfits, filled a bag with diapers/pull-ups, extra underwear and clothing, special stuffed animals/blankets, snacks, keys, wallet and wet wipes.

You’ve filled the freezer with frozen waffles and even arranged the plates and forks for breakfast already. There are reminders set on your phone to prompt you when it’s time to wake up, to be done with breakfast, to get dressed, put shoes and coats on and leave.

The following morning as you are getting ready during the allotted time slot you gave yourself one of the children falls off of the couch and hurts themselves. You rush out to attend to them and ten minutes later they are well enough for you to leave them (on the same couch) watching the original Aladdin on Disney+.

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Just as you are back in your bathroom to finish your face routine the reminder to put shoes and coats on beeps at you from your Apple Watch. You haven’t even started on your hair yet and as you begin mentally calculating how you can fit in an extra two minutes to at least do something with your hair you hear your child start howling from the living room again.

At this point you basically have two options.

1. You can comfort your child (who didn’t learn their lesson and fell off of the couch again) while sending a DM to the new parent to tell them you’ll be late. This will most likely be followed by an uncomfortable play date (because you were late) with a group of people who will most likely never invite you again.

2. Your second option is to bribe your child with an especially yummy snack (marshmallows are fine), put shoes and coats on and head out the door on time with your hair as is (it’s in either a Man Bun or a Mom Bun). If you’re a Dad, all the parents will secretly be impressed by your Man Bun and either wish they had the guts to ask you for a tutorial or wish their significant other knew how to wear a Man Bun like you do. If you’re a Mom the other parents will note your Mom Bun and your punctuality and in response may view you as dependable and authentic and be fighting over who gets you next.

[You may also receive Bonus Points with the other parents in Mom or Man Buns who feel a natural camaraderie with you because of the shared shame.]

Scenario No. Two

You’ve had a rough day.

The baby is teething and for some reason your four YO has decided to start asking you for a “second Mommy.” You already had to load them up to take your 10 YO their forgotten P.E. shoes during nap time and on top of everything the toddler keeps calling every person they perceive to be a man “Daddy.”

Now you’re in the car on the way to pick up your child from school and chauffeur them to practice and the toddler will not stop screaming for ‘Baby Shark’. Forced to submit, you turn on the requested song and simultaneously begin to tune out the music as you try to reach deep within the recesses of your mind for the sanity you know was once there. The lights in your rear view mirror and the sound of the police siren jolt you back to your current existence and you realize with horror that you’re driving ten miles over the speed limit near a school zone.

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At this point there are two ways the Officer can view you.

1. If the Officer sees a person who looks well rested and has their hair done they will assume this person has time to obey the law. This person may be viewed with disgust by the Officer who may even choose to write an additional ticket for the crack in the windshield.

2. If what the Officer sees is nothing but the shell of who that person once was before parenthood they may have mercy and use understanding when deciding whether to write a ticket or not. After all, you aren’t quite in the school zone yet and school isn’t quite out yet. Your chances of the Officer perceiving you as this second described person is far greater if you’re wearing your hair in the same Man or Mom Bun that you were wearing last night.

In conclusion, I view the Mom Bun and the Man Bun as extremely viable options for parents to use when styling their hair and I strongly urge all of you to apply this style strategy in your day to day lives.

Jordyn Armouris refreshing with her authenticity and honesty when it comes to parenting and writes about anything parenting related, using sarcasm and humor to tie everything together. She is a stay at home mom to four girls and runs survivingmommy.org , Instagram @surviving_mommy and Twitter @survivingmommy_