His father wore a white tux many years ago to his own prom and ended up hating it. He had secret anxiety that Jacob would also feel uncomfortable not only wearing fancy clothes, but brilliantly white fancy clothes.
Yes, Jacob, like his father before him, decided to wear a white tux to his prom and……. he loved it, he told us several times he wished he could keep it.
The day of prom was warm and humid. The class was scheduled to meet at the gazebo at 4 but when it began to lightly rain, they met at the town hall instead.
At 3:30, Rich was running around trying to locate the florist that I had ordered the corsage from, and I was standing in the kitchen putting Jacob’s cuff links on his shirt. Sarah was sick on the couch with a fever and Grace stayed at home with her and the younger boys when we left.
Rich met us in the parking lot with the corsage safely in hand, after all that I never really got a good look at it (except in the pictures, later on).
I hadn’t met Jacob’s date yet. All I knew was that she was an artsy type like Jacob, and that to ask her to prom he drew a message on thick white paper, in calligraphy; “Will you GOGH to prom with me?”
Rich and I waited upstairs with other parents while Jacob waited downstairs at the door with his friends, looking for their dates to arrive. The battery in my camera was dead (!!) so I had it plugged in …. those fifteen minutes of waiting were priceless as it charged. Jacob and his date came upstairs and walked toward us smiling and happy. We were so proud, they looked beautiful together.
The mamas took pictures and forty five minutes later all the young people were on their way to prom and had a wonderful, fun night of food and dancing.
The next day, after getting just a few hours of sleep, Jacob went to his state invitational track meet, threw a personal record in javelin and surprised himself by coming in third place.
It was a great weekend to be Jacob. 🙂