Today is Homecoming for one of our district high schools. The kids are all excited, because it means they get to sit outside and enjoy a football game while eating all manner of junkfood and sodas for dinner. I’m excited because I don’t have to cook. As The Queen dictated, everyone should go enjoy a high school football game! The most wonderful part about a high school football game is the support for the teams, even when they are losing.
That, and the fact that we don’t have to worry about a Lockout, or some such silly thing.
One thing that is traditional here in Texas, is the Homecoming Mum. When I went to school, back in the Iron Age, your date bought you the mum, which consisted of actual chrysanthemums. He went to the flower shop, ordered however many mums he wanted, with whatever amount of ribbons, along with sundry embellishments like little cowbells, whistles, footballs, chains, etc. The tackier, the better! But as time progressed, and brought us into the Internet Age, things changed.
Ok, the tackiness survived. But nowadays, the wearer of the mum is responsible for making her own. Some young men still go out and purchase a mum for their dates, but overwhelmingly, the gals make their own. I miss the gallantry, if it can be called that, of a young man going out of his way to order a fresh mum for his girl, but on the other hand, I do like the way young women let their creativity flow when they make these ornate decorations. The flowers have since been replaced with silk ones, but that just means they can last forever 🙂
October 7th, 2011 at 11:29 AM
My girls would have loved to make their own mums, as testified to by the camp stuff in their rooms.
But I regret the mummification (heh!) of a way for a guy to express his regard for his girl. That feels like a loss.
October 7th, 2011 at 12:03 PM
October 7th, 2011 at 1:11 PM
Go SCHS! I am so uncrafty that I order mums for the girl. I have a friend who makes them. I’m glad that the girls dont have to wait for boys to give them mums… looks like the girl won’t have a date to homecoming. There is still 2 weeks away for BSHS.
October 7th, 2011 at 1:28 PM
You know, I can make them, too! And Eldest can help her to make her own 🙂
October 7th, 2011 at 2:10 PM
This is not a tradition I grew up with, so I’m feeling my way. I think it’s a Dad’s job to see that his daughters grow up knowing they’re loved by a man (meaning him). It makes it unnecessary for them later to seek male attention in ways that do them injury.
Aggie, I know Hubby is away, so the mums fall to you for now, but what do you Mom’s think of Dad providing a mum in the absence of a boy being in the picture?
October 7th, 2011 at 3:00 PM
Totally acceptable, and I agree with the sentiment. Hubby does the flower thing here for the girls when he takes them out for dinner 🙂
October 7th, 2011 at 5:58 PM
What about a boy? Turtle wax? Set of Bosch plugs? Box of ammo?
October 7th, 2011 at 6:13 PM
He gets to go to the gun range with his dad!!! 😀
October 7th, 2011 at 2:23 PM
October 7th, 2011 at 2:24 PM
Thanks for the offer Aggie… I will tell her.
October 7th, 2011 at 1:27 PM
I can hear your Sithy craftiness all the way over here! I’ve been to my game for the year (I think), so GO TEAM!!! I will now live vicariously through you for the evening. 🙂
October 7th, 2011 at 8:22 PM
I don’t remember mums, but the student council sold ribbons as a fundraiser. “Go Yellow Jackets, Beat _______” or some variation.
October 7th, 2011 at 8:26 PM
Also, Rocketboy had piss poor planning in that he waited too late to ask the girl for homecoming then decided he actually wanted to go to the game anyway at 6 PM that night. A little sooner next time, son.
October 7th, 2011 at 9:18 PM
Same thing with Eldest. It must be an epidemic 😉
October 8th, 2011 at 3:19 PM
Yea, well, we didn’t even get to go…stupid glass…
And we lost anyways, 12-21. Super unfortunate, but we had a decent season.
But my mum was awesome.