Prom and Humanity
By MJ Reporter Willow LaMunyon
Photo's by MJ photographer Christy Moyer
I remember a time when senior proms were held in school gyms and decorated by the art class with whatever supplies they could find. The girls wore affordable or mom-made formals, and some of the guys raided their dad's closet for a good tie.
Old cars were polished as shiny as they could be. Small town kids would not have known where to rent a limousine even if mom and dad were willing to spring for it. I suspect those brand-new adults of the past had a lot more fun than the seniors do now with so much pressure to make the night perfect.
Now everything from gender reveals to a funeral is a big production. People go into debt for a 5-year-old's birthday party when the kids would be happy with a few games and some cake.
I am not one to long for the past since it keeps returning. We have the most amazing source of information and misinformation than ever before in the history of humanity. However, we use it to look at pictures of cats and argue with strangers. I suspect it would have been the same if computers had come along at any time in the past. It isn't hard to imagine a fifth-century family with a computer. "Wilt thou look at this picture of the wild boar thy neighbor has prepared for sup?"
"Husband, has thou not seen photoshop before? I shall message her and expose her untruths!"
Celebrations have been elaborate, then return to simple over and over again. Although my preference is for the simple, it reminds me that I can be the old lady shouting, "You kids get off my lawn!"
Many young people would agree with me, and I would never tell them that every generation thinks the elders are no longer groovy. They wouldn't believe they will someday also complain about aching backs and discuss hemorrhoid surgery.
Youth has a most wonderful way of thinking that they are the first to experience the progress of science when it is nothing but a different form of humanity doing the same thing we have always done.
Wednesday stories get a Medicare Jet-Setter groovy review.