Senior year. The year of everyone's last firsts. Last first day of school, sporting events, spirit week and school dances. On October 8, 2016, I experienced my last high school Homecoming.
The past three years, I have always gone to homecoming without a date and went in a big group. Of course, some of the girls would have dates. Depending on the year we would hangout afterwards and eat food. I always had fun before, during and after Homecoming, but I was unable to compare it to going to a dance with a date. I have always been told, "You don't need a date to have fun at Homecoming," but I want to share the best Homecoming that I have every had thanks to my date.
Let me give a little background information about my date. I have known him since first grade and went to school with him until high school. He then went to a private high school while I stayed in the district at our public school. During the summer of 2016, I reconnected with him at my friend's birthday party. We talked a little and then went our separate ways at the end of the night. A while later we had added each other on Instagram and Snapchat and that was the last time I talked to him.
This all changed when three weeks before my senior Homecoming, I sent him a message on snapchat simply saying, "Hey wanna go to my Homecoming on October 8th?" Although nerve racking, I figured I had nothing to lose and the worst thing he could say was no. Shockingly enough he said sure. We got the guest form signed (since he went to a different school), I bought our tickets and we ordered the flowers.
The day of homecoming he came over to my house first and we exchanged flowers and took some pictures of just us. We then went to my friend's house and met up with the same large group of around 20 kids that I have been going to Homecoming with ever since freshmen year. We all brought food and ate dinner and then took some group shots and silly pictures.
Conveniently enough, my friend is dating my date's best friend. Before the dance, us four went to a local frozen yogurt shop so we could arrive "fashionable late" to the dance that did not start until 7. Once at the dance, we met up with the rest of our group, took off my heels and got dancing.
My biggest fear of the night however were the slow dances. This may surprise everyone, but the last slow dance I had was in seventh grade with a boy the same height as me and with plenty of room in-between us. The idea of dancing with my date who I had not really talked to in many years made me so anxious. What could have been awkward though was made adorable and hilarious. While I am a short 5'1, my date is a very tall 6'3. Even standing on my tippy toes I was still so short. During the first dance I looked up and said, "Wow you're really tall," and he responds, "Yeah I get that a lot". We kept it close and it felt right, not weird at all. The cherry on top was the hug he gave me after each slow dance we had.
As the night was coming to a close, my date, my friend, her boyfriend and myself left a little early, changed and went to TGIFridays to get food. We all talked and laughed the night away before we left and my date drove me home. I thanked him again for coming as my date and he thanked me for inviting him. He then waited to make sure I got into my house.
Reflecting on my night, I would not change a thing. Everything went better than planned. While some have said, "who cares about senior homecoming, you've already been to three before." I can confidently say that this was by far the best Homecoming I have attended due to my date. I just want to thank my date again for being the amazing gentleman that he was and for treating me like a lady. 💕