Everything Old is New Again
The First Dance
My granddaughter came to me all excited. She was going to her first boy-girl dance. At fourteen it was a big deal. When I was in school they were called sock-hops. Yes you took off your shoes at the door because the dance was held on the gym floor and street shoes were not allowed. We didn't wear tennis shoes then. I made the misnomer of asking her if it was a sock -hop? The puzzling look answered my question. I at once counted with a I am old and senile and don't know what I am saying sometimes. She went on to tell me she was going dress shopping with her parents and was real excited about going. She brought it home only to have her grandmother on her other side re-design it so as not to show too much. Her parents were one of the chaperons and relayed to me the events of the night. It was like I stepped back in time. All the boys stood on one side of the dance floor and all the girls on the other. Sometime one of the boys would venture to the other side and ask a girl to dance. Sometimes they danced a few dances sometimes just one dance. The night ended just as it started, boys on one side girls on the other. My experience was much the same. I remember dancing only two dances both slow. I still can't listen to the song Mr.Lonley by Bobby Vinton without thinking of that night. I am not stupid I know within a year or two things will change. High School brings out the worst in many kids. I think about that and it scares me. I don't like "innocents lost", but I remember when I was in school. Thinking back I was just as bad. I wanted to stay in a hotel on Prom night. I wanted to be all grown up. Drinking and doing what I wanted. Kids today are much the same it is just I am older and know what the out-come will be. The kids today look different and dance different, but so did we. I liked the Beatles and the Stones. I sympathized with the Hippy's. Life is still the same it just looks different.