Suits You


First tooth
First steps
First day at school
First suit

That went fast.

Tonight is prom night for my elder son George.
I had to make do with a leavers' disco in the school hall. I went to a girls' school so as you can imagine it was not a memorable night.
These days schools throw elaborate events where everyone dresses up to the nines and serious money is spent. We got off quite lightly. George already had shoes and a shirt so we bought him the suit and tie and his ticket. Charlie has driven him to the hotel which has saved us a considerable amount of cash. A lot of kids arrive in limousines, vintage cars, carriages and even helicopters.
 I know, don't get me started.

We have begun saving for Katie's prom in five years time.
 Girls apparently require; the dress, the shoes, the jewellery, the hair, the nails and the spray tan and I can't see her being content with a lift from dad.

And the bag, I forgot the bag.



Comments

  1. Very handsome :)

    Big son will be doing that next year :) Little son leaves his middle school next month - they have a leavers disco - it requires a new shirt & clean jeans :)

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  2. Helicopter?! Thank goodness George is more pragmatic. He looks very good and boy, don't his shoes shine??

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  3. Toffeeapple, that's being an air cadet. Shiny shoes seem to be of utmost importance in the military.

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  4. And a great indicator of someone who respects himself and others, well done George! (My brother was in the Royal Marines and the Royal Air Force so I know how it goes, but I do think it shows respect.)

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  5. George looks very dapper all suited and booted. Scary to think what teenage kids want now! I can see some rational thinking coming in when Alice gets to go i'e' either a lift with Dad and a beautiful new dress or something from her wardrobe and a limousine...you choose (harsh am I not!) :0)

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  6. Your son looks very dashing, you must be proud.
    And as for military boots, my son said that in the first five weeks os Sandhurst he never slept, as his boots, and buckles could always shine more!

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  7. ....And I have just written a post about time rushing by with the children - one minute it is grazed knees next it is aftershave. But the great thing is we got to share most of it.

    Your handsome son looks very at home in that suit.

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  8. What a handsome young man! Congratulations proud mum!!

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  9. OMG! Stop making me panic Sue. I'm now fretting about whether I need to take out a second mortgage now, in order to pay for Violet's 'Prom Night', and she's only just turned 3 - what luxuries will the teenagers be expecting in the future, if they're already arriving in helicopters and limos?

    Hope your eldest enjoys his night :0)

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  10. How handsome! Myles & I were in town tonight buying his suit - House of Fraser sale:o) They suddenly look like men don't they? His prom is on Thursday. Top tip - Erin scoured ebay for her dress & scored a brand new Karen Millen dress for £60! Some of her friends paid hundreds - ouch!

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  11. You hit the nail on the head about how fleeting the time is for having your kids at home with you. I miss those days of the kids being home and all the activity. But the reward you get for raising your kids are the grandkids! I hope you pop over and see my blog post of our family BBQ on Sunday. Great fun.
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  12. Karen, yes, suddenly you have a man for a son!

    Charlie returned from dropping him off and was absolutely disgusted with the appearance of some of the girls- all smoking and looking like.... well, I'm not going to write what he said...

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  13. Handsome young man, I'd say.....

    Hopefully in five years' time, proms will have become boring, and it might be cool to boycott them?

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  14. It does go scarily fast - I can't quite believe my youngest son is now out of school education, just finished last A2 exam - how did that get here so soon?! Oh and I am reliably informed by friends with girls (thank goodness I had 3 boys!) - the underwear is essential too! Fortunately for me, my boys had a sense of proportion re transport - youngest son year had a lot of creative people and they went in some great (cheap!) imaginative options - a trailer made up as a bed, wheelie bins that they popped out of like magic and mine went on a panto camel with sons 1 & 2 being the camel!

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  15. Very smart!
    Julie xxxxxxx

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  16. If that's not the best reason yet for homeschooling, I don't know what is.

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  17. Oh wow! Look at him! So stylish in a wonderfully sober way. Did you have a tear in your eye when you clapped eyes on him? Don't get me started on the time flies as a parent thing. My eldest is 15 but I am cheating with a 17 month old in tow too.

    I too went to an all girls school and don't even remember going to a prom night.

    You're very funny, Sue ;-)

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  18. What a smart chap! We're at the been there, done that stage with our grown-up daughter, but I can still remember rushing around looking for an evening bag for her leavers' ball. No helicopter, thank goodness.

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  19. What a handsome young man - you must be so proud.
    James went to his school's prom last week and said that one girl was actually wearing a wedding dress! I'm so glad we had nothing like this when I was at school - I can't imagine anything more traumatic.

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  20. Thankfully my daughters' school, despite being co-ed, does still hold its Leavers Disco in the school hall. They both had new dresses and their hair styled but that was as far as it went.

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  21. deedownunder11:21 pm BST

    Hey Sue .....you forgot the facial and the makeup!!! The whole thing is sickening. Thank goodness I had boys ...but I still made a bow-tie to match the girl's dress, with a piece of her fabric ....shiney yellow! Like your son, they got a lift to the venue, but made sure they posed in front of a limo for the photos.

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  22. Do your readers think that prom has always been around. Here in the States it goes back at least one hundred years. When I left the U.K. in 1982 nobody had ever heard of it. I cant believe how americanized everything has become - Halloween ???
    I went to an all girls school - I left in 1963 - one day you were there and one day you werent.

    Your boy looks wonderful - hope he had a good time.

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  23. Lizzie, it definitely is a very recent thing. Maybe somebody can date it for us?
    Of course it is nice to have a party at the end of school but I think this tendency to celebrate every mediocre event has come from elsewhere. It's the 'because you're worth it' culture isn't it?

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  24. I'm with Lizzie - we just stopped school and that was it. No prom, no nothing to mark the occasion. I don't remember my daughters or son having much happening at school by way of celebration either. My granddaughter, however, had a prom at the end of primary school. I was a little taken aback when I saw the photos of that. Limos at 11 years old...!! My granddaughter was driven there in a (owned by friends) vintage car and all the girls had half inch thick makeup on.

    Somebody, somewhere is making a handsome profit out of all this. I'm sure there must be a happy medium somewhere. But your young man looks extremely good in that suit!

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  25. Anonymous10:20 am BST

    Don't get me started - I have even heard of junior proms (for leaving primary school) - and get this 'Pre School Prom' for kids leaving play group to start school - whats that all about??

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  26. We had a School Ball each year with its origins lost in the mists of time (this was in NZ). I felt very lucky that among my friends the kudos came from being kitted out the cheapest (my dress was £5 in a sale, and was the second cheapest one there!) and the school hired buses.
    I am dreading the pestering for a limo that is sure to happen when my girls get to go. At least they are used to the fact that my no means no.

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  27. Thank goodness my 2 are grown..
    Your son is looking good (and might I
    say, I see a resemblance ...?)

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  28. Very smart - hope the 'do' went well! Have just returned from Bluewater, to kit my 16 year old out with a suit (and all the bits that go with it...)Hope he enjoys his holiday now the exams are over!

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  29. Anonymous5:06 pm BST

    All this stuff comes from the adults around children. We create the world we put them in; then we blame the children when we do not like the result. Children wear the clothes we buy them, go to the parties we pay for (and compete with each other as parents as to who can spend the most etc) wearing the make up that we trowel on their little faces. Children are the same as they have ever been and they come to like what we put in front of them. We develop and influence their tastes every step of the way, which then filters down through their peers. It is their environment that has changed.They are not lucky - many children miss out on on all sorts of things. We don't have to be spoil sports, we just need to have parameters in place - those that make sense and then children understand them and don't want to get involved in things you would rather they didn't.

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  30. Anonymous6:59 pm BST

    Hope he had fun. Can I ask where your list of other peoples' blogs has gone? I use it alot.

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  31. The bloglist has gone because I found my reading tastes changing and didn't want to offend people by taking some off and leaving others on.

    I use Google Reader to keep track of the blogs I read, but if you don't want to do that you could always simply bookmark them.

    George had a great time yesterday and returned home looking much less smart than when he departed.

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  32. how funny-we have been talking about this very subject at work today, I think Worcestershire must be in a prom frenzy at the moment, I drove home from work behind two stretch limos yesterday, obviously on their way to colect the giggling hoardes of teenagers..
    George looks great, hope he had a wonderful time.

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  33. My daughter has her prom tonight & boy has it been stressful. The dress was the easy part! Today we have the hairdressers and a beautician friend doing her makeup. She isn't bothering with a fake tan like most of her friends. Some of the other girls are having their teeth whitened as well!

    Am looking forward to my sons one - think it will be much easier in comparison. :)

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  34. Oh blimey - I've got it all to come.

    Nina x

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  35. Oh help! He does look gorgeous though, I wonder if he looked so smart by the end of the evening?!!

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  36. What a handsome young man you have! Love your blog and thank you for sharing your recipes. I am always drooling over all the goodies :)

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  37. So did he have a good time?

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  38. Pati from London3:56 pm BST

    He looks great Sue! I hope he enjoyed it! I can't believe some people go to these events by limo or helicopter! Blimey! That must be not only expensive but very eco un-friendly!!! Pati x

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  39. George looks great, yuou feel so proud and I wondered where the years went too.
    My 2 girls got dresses from Ebay and were a lot more original than some of their friends. Some have idead about the worst transport to arrive in, ice-cream vans and shopping trolleys being popular!

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