Thursday, June 17, 2010

Popular Science

Back in the Day

I'm responding today to Mama Kat's Prompt #1: The Popular Girls.

Karma kicked some serious booty last weekend.

You see, Our Humble High School held its Prom on Friday. A rite of passage, a nest of hormones, a testament to some that these 4 years comprised the "best days of our lives," but which caused others to utter, "Thank the Good Lord I'm moving on."

Our senior class decided to shake things up a bit this year. The kids took a trip~down Memory Lane, for some & to a re-run of "Mean Girls" for others~and decided to elect a Prom king & queen. This antiquated tradition had been in mothballs for some time, so members of the Class of 2010 wanted to give "the old ways" some airing.

Actually, what I think they really wished to accomplish was to take a reading on that good ol' Popularity Barometer.

As I've said in this space before, the so-called "popularity" of one high school cherub over another is merely a measure of that first child's confidence. Then the others just resort to following the Popular Kid around and basking in the glow of being cool by association.

Well, the PKs of Our Humble High School knew for a fact that they had the lock on this Prom royalty janx. I didn't witness this first-hand, but I was told later that one of the nominated couples was seen doing a little personal grooming right before the announcement. Freshening the makeup & the hair gel, as it were.

Most of senior class was quite attentive for the announcement, considering that the results were so obviously a foregone conclusion. Cue the drumroll, please.

Let's just say that a ton of PKs cried in their proverbial punch that nite. Turns out that two of my very own journalistas~smart, witty, and truly Beautiful People~won.

I'm told that my cherubs had undertaken a movement to push the PKs off their self-proclaimed pedestals. When online voting commenced at the dance (yes, even Prom has gone high-tech these days), they actually lobbied for the newspaper kids.

Of course, the best folks won. And quite a few Plastics had to reassess their so-called popularity.

Such is the tenuous grasp some have on reality. The PKs~some of whom had been worshipped & adored since elementary school~were left with only the memories. And no tiara to wear into the future.

The snap above is from my own quasi-confused senior year. Observing high school from the other side of the desk is so much more fun than the first time around.

22 comments:

"Lillagul" said...

What a great sign :)

Tortuga said...

Congrats to the journalistas! Not for being royalty, but for being noble in their efforts to do what was right!

Alicia said...

ha! yay for the journalistas!! i'm so glad to hear that!! what a wonderful way to end the school year!

Cheryl said...

3 cheers for the journalistas! What a surprising and delightful twist to this little bit of HS BS.

If you're counting, they were the worst for me. Gah!

Queenie Jeannie said...

I guess I was sort of a "popular kid", aka cheerleader, etc....but for me, the best part of High School was getting my scholarship for college. I hated HS and couldn't wait to live my real life!!!!!!

So happy your kids made some history!!!

My 5 Monkeys(Julie) said...

my school year was like that too and yeah for the journalists to win .

Jennifer said...

That is brillant. At our high school this year the kids elected a special needs girl to be the "princess". It was in the paper. I thought it was awesome that they all supported someone that would really appreciate it.

Maureen said...

Hooray for the journalistas! :D

Susie said...

Great! I think that the A crowd shouldn't always win.

carma said...

OMG!!! I really wish I could have been there to see this, having never been a PK :D Justice prevails as it were.....

June Freaking Cleaver said...

Their victory somehow restores my faith in the generation who will someday be taking care of me in the nursing home!

Way to go!

Tara R. said...

I love it when karma comes back to bite some people on the butt, even tender high school cherubs. Congrats to the journalistas!

Christina Lee said...

Well isn't that dang interesting??

The Blonde Duck said...

They had a late prom!

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

The other side of the desk must be downright relaxing compared to the drama that played out here.

As this post went on I was worried there was going to be a public humiliation ala Carrie or something. At least it was just a good old honest whooping!

Vodka Logic said...

what a great story, one I have only seen in movies.

Kaibee said...

You know I agree.. Being a high school student myself, I know how much fun it must be to actually observe the whole thing from the other side of the desk. Rather than being a part of it.

Thanks for dropping by :)

blueviolet said...

I love when the preps are knocked down a peg or two!

Tracie said...

Yeah for the journalistas!!! It's like the final scene from a movie.

Hooray for Karma! (When she's kicking someone else's butt anyway.)

Rosidah Abidin said...

Congrats to the journalistas! What a great twist at the end of HS. Have a wonderful day.

Jenn@ You know... that blog? said...

LOVE. IT. Oh, that Karma...

I still wish we hadn't moved at the very end of high school though, so I could have gone to my prom. What were my parents thinking?? It's been 25 years and it still bothers me. Ah well...

sheila said...

I was the one who got into trouble. No popularity there. lol. I enjoyed this post. To the fullest.

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