OCTOBER DAILY: A BLOGGING CHALLENGE #3-Share a high school memory that you will never forget~
Prom night is supposed to be a dream come true if you are a young girl. I think many girls fantasize about how wonderful and magical this night will be. Too many little girls watch the movie Cinderella and think that all big dances must be like the ball where she will end up dancing the night away with her prince charming.
I am here to say that although I did attend my senior prom and even did the obligatory after party staying out until dawn my night was anything magical or dreamy (more like a nightmare come true).
See I had been dating a guy off and on for over a year. Your typical high school dramatic type of relationship would totally describe ours.
We met through a mutual friend at believe it or not her Sweet 16 in early fall. Only, I was pining over someone else and he had it bad for me or so it seemed.
Months went by and it was not deep into the cold, chilly winter here. He asked me out again and I finally relented. This was winter of my junior year. And so began our year or so of off and on again dating.
There were others for both of us in between, but as prom neared, I still hoped upon hope that we could go together. Very liberal and modern of me, I asked him. Well, he accepted and thus began weeks of dress shopping, making hair and nail appointments, getting in on a limo with friends, after party plans including a comedy club in NYC and so much planning for one simple night.
As the prom neared, a very good friend of mine was having troubles with her boyfriend and my very much on again boyfriend thought he could be a shoulder to lean on for her.
At 36 years old, I could so see the handwriting on the wall and where this was going, but at 18 years old I was too naive and blind to want to admit what was right in front of my eyes.
The afternoon of the prom it was finally revealed to me that they had been messing around, but was told that they didn’t actually sleep together. To this day, I still don’t know and at this point I truly do not care.
Even still, we went to the prom together and from all the pictures we looked like the perfect couple, but in reality I was seething and he was a jerk all around, but still he had made the commitment and kept it. So, I give a bit of credit there I suppose.
By the way, that night (prom night) I danced the night away with friends and truly didn’t want to look him, let alone dance with him. Even the after party, I tried my best to just ignore him. Yet, he stuck it out.
After that night, my friendship with my very good friend pretty much ceased to exist and I told her that I honestly didn’t want to be friends with someone I couldn’t trust.
I also broke it off with my off and on again boyfriend. He tried to remain in my life even as a friend, but things were never the same for me. At one point a few years later, he even tried to get me to go back out with him, but again honesty is very important to me and I remembered him trying to kiss me and to be quite honest, I didn’t feel the same way I had once and just knew it would never work.
I told him this and that was that. We feel out of touch after that. I had heard he had a daughter with another woman, but never married her. They broke up and were raising the little girl apart.
But still this is just one high school memory that resides inside of me tucked away with so many other memories that I have made over the years. Trust me there were good times in this relationship (even though this is the most vivid to me to share), but in the end the bad outweighed them sadly.
However, I do feel that all that you experience shapes you to be a better person and as much as this hurt me way back when I must admit I had to go through this to get to where I am in my life. Plus, I am happy that I do go to my prom, because I think I would have always wondered what that experience was like, if I didn’t actually experience it (if that makes sense).
So I am thankful to have seen the good, the bad and the ugly, because as much as Kevin and I have had our ups and downs, I am still just so thankful that he is the one I did indeed end up with, especially after recalling this time in my life. Times like these do make you that much more appreciative of all the good in one’s life.
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