Leadership team set the ticket price to be $3 - mostly to cover materials used in decorations and props for the photo booth. Parents donated food and drinks, and middle school teachers helped with music set up. The dance started at 6:30 pm and was wrapped up at 9:00 pm on Friday night.
At first, Smarty was not entirely sure that she wanted to attend the dance - she did not like the fact that she had to spend her own allowance to attend. Eventually, however, she decided to go, and we agreed that she would call us from the office if she wanted to come home early. However, this did not happen. When I came to pick her and the other two kids from our street up, they did not want to go home. Smarty was happily chasing soap bubbles with her friend and was quite hyped up on sugar and excitement of the evening.
Since Smarty is so young, both physically and emotionally, I often worry about her ability to enjoy the social events of middle school. But... sometimes her immaturity is actually beneficial to her. She has no interest yet in "shipping" (this is middle school slang for being in a relationship), and she just wants to have fun and play. Luckily, many boys are actually on the same page in terms of what they want from these social events, and therefore Smarty can most often be found in the company of several boys who she calls her "male friends". They all run around playing with balls and chasing bubbles, enjoying the last moments of their carefree childhood before the turbulence of puberty hits them. I am glad that Smarty has friends and is accepted despite her quirks. I can only hope that she will navigate the second half of middle school with the same oblivious disregard for what is "normal" for her grade and continue to make friends based on their compatibility, not on their gender.
Do your kids have friends of the opposite gender?