The King Of The Prom

Ron Nagasawa
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Wednesday - May 17, 2006
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I believe that I have just stepped out of a time machine. That’s because it seems like just yesterday that our now 17-year-old son was born. He was 8 when I first started writing this column. Week before last, he went to his first Junior/Senior prom.

Things have changed a whole lot since I first went to my prom. Yeah, I know, now we’re talking ancient history, but I can’t help making comparisons since it’s the only point of reference I have.

Still, I should throw my experience out the window because, in 2006, proms are more like planning a wedding and certainly cost as much. Tuxedo, flowers, limousines - man, with the exception of an actual wedding ceremony, there’s no difference.

I guess parents of today spoil their kids as we do ours, but it’s only because you want them to have great life experiences. Events leading up to the prom, however, gave me a taste of what my wife will be like when our kids actually do get married. The horror, the horror.

First of all, the ribbon color of the flowers ordered for our son’s date wasn’t quite right. This wasn’t realized until the morning of the prom and my wife went into panic mode. She was on the phone with the florist and it wasn’t pretty.

Then our son wanted to change the color of his tuxedo vest. I was busy trying to confirm the limo, which for a brief moment almost fell through. Thank God it didn’t because driving them in my ‘95 Dodge Ram truck wasn’t going to wash.

Prior to the limo arriving, my wife realized her camera batteries were dead. I went to the store and back so fast it was like I used the Star Trek transporter beam. The experience was exhausting, and my wife and I came about this close to a virtual divorce.

As the limo drove away, my wife lovingly put her arms around me and sighed, “Just think about when our daughter goes to her prom.”

I smiled, but only because I was trying to cover having bitten through my tongue.


Michelle Nishizawa, assistant coordinator of the Attorney General’s Missing Child Center-Hawaii, announced that they will be providing FREE Keiki Identification kits for children up to age 18 on Sunday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kahala Mall center stage area. This is an extensive kit, including DNA hair sample, dental information, fingerprints, vitals and a photo. This is being done to commemorate National MissingChildren’s Day, May 25.

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