In this column, I wrote about a cool event happening this weekend:
It’s prom season — a little late in the season maybe — but for these couples and singles, a little late might be OK.
The “Second Chance Prom Night,” to be held Saturday evening in Colorado City, Arizona, is a party for adults who grew up in the Short Creek community of Mormon fundamentalists who never got a chance to go to prom as kids.
“I don’t personally know of anyone who went to a prom,” said event organizer Margaret Cooke to ABC4 News4Utah. Cooke grew up in the Short Creek community herself.
I may currently live in Texas, but my heart will be in Colorado City this Saturday night.
I never got to go to prom. Let me put it another way: my high school had a prom, but I never went. I grew up in a Mormon community, too — though my break-off branch of the religion founded by Joseph Smith was the one led by Brigham Young, which formally discontinued the practice of polygamy a century ago (at least, it did among currently living spouses, but that’s a topic for another column).
And I too credit my Mormon community as a youth as one of the main reasons I skipped out on prom, though most of my Mormon friends growing up did go. Actually, I was asked to prom by a woman in my ward on behalf of her daughter, and even though I had had a crush on that daughter throughout much of my youth — let’s call her Veronica — I was so scared of school dances that I didn’t go.
I still think about the conversation sometimes.
“You know, Veronica doesn’t have a date for the prom.”
“Oh…is that right?”