Prom night in America…a cultural celebration

Shailu and Sireesha celebrate prom night with their super teen, Dhanush Tipparaju.

You are looking at two “recycled teenagers” , Sireesha and Shailu, at a Prom night in Chicago. What could be more fun than just being a spectator to a grand American tradition…. so we went to take a dive all-in, no matter our age (which by the way, is just a state of mind…well, at-least that’s our version of explaining away that rare grey hair on that side forehead).

For the uninitiated, here goes a “PROM PRIMER:

Prom night! The Super Bowl of American high school, with an enchanting whirlwind of glitter and glamour, a fairy tale brought to life, where the teens are the stars, and their rite of passage that announces to the world, “Hey, look at us! We’re all grown up now.” It is definitely way more than just a fancy shindig, a certainly as charming as the high school play, now for real, with our real stars! It’s a tradition steeped in the spirit of American culture, a milestone that bonds generations, and an unforgettable evening that holds up a mirror to the diversity of the ‘melting pot’ that is the USA.

For the teenagers, Prom is a crash course in adulthood with a side dish of fun and a whole lot of style. Choosing the perfect outfit – a spiffy tux or a dreamy dress – isn’t just about looking sharp. It’s an exercise in self-expression, a reflection of the emerging adult within them. Then comes the big dance, an elaborate waltz around the social labyrinth, filled with laughter, maybe a few tripped steps, and a whole lot of lifelong memories that will make their way back in, for many more reunions, many years later.

For the parents, it’s akin to a grand unveiling, a moment filled with pride and a dash of nostalgia. Watching their not-so-little ones anymore, step out in their best attire, they can’t help but reach for the tissue box and the camera. Their joy is infectious – their hearts swell with pride, their eyes twinkle with unshed tears, and their phones and social chats are filled with a million photos that they swear they won’t share (but we all know they’re heading straight to their fav chat and gossip groups).

Prom night is also a grand social mixer. A medley of diverse backgrounds and personalities unite under the twinkling lights, spinning and swaying to the rhythm of unity and camaraderie. Despite the varying journeys, prom night binds them all together, reflecting the true essence of America’s cultural ethos.

Finally, Prom acts as the ultimate farewell to high school. It’s the grand finale, a burst of confetti before the curtain call. And when the music fades and the lights dim, what remains is a shared experience, a collective memory, and a glimpse of the exciting journey that lies ahead. So yeah, prom night, folks – it’s a lot more epic than you’d think!

PS : . My lil’ Simba, you are all grown now, your Mufasa and Nala, love you to the moon. We are so proud of you my dear! Someday when you reads this, let it be known….Sireesha and I are SO PROUD OF YOU… more than you can ever imagine, and way more than what the whole milky way can accommodate. GO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE. You make us beam with pride!

Ah and why not wrap the prom with his super stellar date at home, our dearest best Ammamma (Grandmom). She makes our world complete.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s