Self-Deprecating Sunday (12)

In which the YA Author showcases The Great and Awkward of being a teenager.

This Sunday we have Junior Prom. This is not the year of the escalator incident. That was the year before. You’ll see in this year, I’ve decided to wear a gown with straps. My date was the sweetest guy ever, and nervous as hell. He was a class behind me. We met during a drama production (I think). I asked him to go to Prom during a game of truth and dare with my friends. We’d already been dared to kiss for the count of 10 (I stretched it to 13), so I figured he liked me. Sure he liked me. He just didn’t LIKE Me like me. In fact, he liked boys. Actually, it turned out to be a stress free night of dancing fun with no awkwardness with what to do post-Prom.

Now I can’t escape this Sunday without making fun of my style. Let’s call this one an ode to John Hughes. Pretty in Pink, anyone? Oh, taffeta, you crazy loathsome fabric! And lace? Ladies, how did we stand it?  At least I sparkled. By the way, I was often told Molly Ringwald would play me in a movie. but that’s a different post. And here’s an interesting side-note: when I got to college, I learned my roommate had worn the same dress to her Prom. We should have taken each other to that dance.

Also, what is that Bizarro decoration behind us?

Published by jody sparks

Jody Sparks Mugele spent her first career in marketing writing and leading teams of writers and editors. After her son came out as transgender in 2015, she dedicated herself to advocating for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. For two years, she led the Indianapolis regional chapter of PFLAG, a nationally renowned LGBTQ+ advocacy group. She has given many conference talks about parenting trans kids, healthcare in the trans community, and suicidality among LGBTQ+ youth. And with GenderNexus, an Indianapolis-based advocacy organization, she created programming and led support groups to work with parents to help their children through all aspects of gender transition. She recently moved to Northeast Georgia where she is excited to develop opportunities to continue to strongly and proudly advocate for LGBTQ+ members of our society. She also LOVES kitschy Christmas crafting!

9 thoughts on “Self-Deprecating Sunday (12)

  1. Yes we did wear the same dress the same year & my pic had an odd column with balloons! I totally forgot you had the same dress until now! Only I had a huge hair bow & bows on the back ankle of the pantyhose to match the butt bow. Best part was my date had a matching tie & cumberbun to the color & design on the dress. Oh, I was so cool like that 🙂 We would have rocked the Prom if we went together!

    1. Haha! I forgot about the panty hose with ankle bows. Hey that rhymes. We should make a song about going to Prom in panty hose with tiny little ankle bows. And then we could slow dance to it.

  2. Will you harm my coffee if I point out that your hair mimicks the skirt perfectly? It’s totally MR a la pretty in pink, only Molly went school marm with the top of her dress and you’re dead sexy with all that skin.

    1. Anyone who calls me sexy will have not have her coffee maimed. She may in fact find her favorite brand of chocolate in the candy dish next to the coffee pot. What is your favorite kind of chocolate again?

  3. That IS the oddest decoration ever! WTH?? Love the ginormous butt bow. This photo is not exactly self-deprecating, you know. Far too cute for that.

    And btw that guy’s hands are HUGE! (There’s a happy man out there somewhere? lol…)

    1. Thanks, Tammara. You crack me up. I *am* impressed with how tiny his hands make my waist look.

      Lauren, yes please. We’d love to catch up. There is much to discuss regarding where you’ll end up after med school.

  4. I’ll never forget that night. Can’t believe you didn’t mention the car breaking down on the way. Fun times. You were gorgeous and I loved that dress. I’ve always wondered if my date was secretly dating yours. The world will never know…

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