My former high school doesn't "do" prom. To a Christian high school, the word "prom" wreaks of cat fights, excessive grinding, and - inevitably - baby-making. Duh?
So we have a banquet. And let me tell you - guys go all out asking girls to this event. To give you an idea: a certain someone asked a very single me to Banquet Senior year. Each period, he sent me a sweet poem and an accompanying item to clue me in on his identity. Finally, I received a clue telling me that I would encounter this mysterious man in the Quad during lunch, and he would finally pop the question. Guess what I found? A man in a monkey suit. IN A TREE. Ethan jumped down, serenaded me, and asked me to be his date. Somehow through my shock (and embarrassment - so many people were watching!) I managed to say yes. He also, at some point, was shirtless. But that's neither here nor there.
Incidentally, by the end of the day, we were goin' steady.
Back to the point: although my high school doesn't "do" prom, they do host Winter Formals - the next of which is coming up at the beginning of next month.
I never saw the movie "Paper Heart," but I do know that it starred Michael Cera and actress and comedienne Charlyne Yi. Now, in the season of Winter Formal proposals, my brother made a request to Miss Yi: would she mind helping him ask Cassidy (his girlfriend of three and a half years) to Winter Formal?
So, I mean, maybe not quite as exciting as a man jumping out of a tree in a monkey suit, but hey. Cassidy did not complain.* She just said yes.
*I'm kidding. It's pretty darn exciting.