In other words, the only reason we even considered it is cuz the kid's getting booted out of the country in about a month.
We still needed a way to justify bending the rules, though. Stable Boy told Kid 2 that if she wanted to go, she needed to research and write a three page paper. Page one needed documented sources of why you should wait to date until you are 16.
Page two should argue why it was okay to date prior to age 16. Page three was to declare her personal opinion of the dating age and why or why not she should be allowed to attend prom this year, all with the understanding that no matter what she came up with, this would be a one-time thing. Any future dating opportunities would have to wait till next year.
Stable Boy waited until after Kid 2 had done all the research before telling her she didn't need to actually write the paper, she could just explain it to us verbally. He's thoughtful that way.
The second safe guard we had was Kid 1, who volunteered to tag along so that it would be a little more like a group of friends hanging out rather than a date. She really wanted Kid 2 to be able to go.
It was 10 o'clock Friday night when it dawned on me that since Kid 1 had chosen to go stag, she would probably be the only girl there without a corsage. A girl shouldn't go to prom without flowers! First thing Saturday morning found me on the phone trying to locate a corsage.
I called the local stores, who all said (with a tone of exhaustion) that they were done making corsages for Saturday's prom. I was a little surprised that they were turning away a paying customer, but I thought I'd try calling the florists in St. Anthony and Rigby, the next closest towns, to see if they could help me. I thought perhaps they would have time since they probably weren't dealing with all of the Madison High prom stuff. No one picked up, so I had to leave messages.
I was watching DIY videos of how to make a corsage when I heard back from Carla of Floral Classics in Rigby. She was more than happy for my business and said to call her at anytime for any occasion, even if it was last minute; she would do her best to assist.
When I arrived to pick up the corsage, it wasn't ready--the dress pic I had tried to text hadn't gone through, so she wasn't sure of the colors. She had tried to call me, but I had given my phone to Kid 1 for while she was getting her hair done and hadn't received the message.
Carla dropped the project she was working on and immediately set about building a beautiful wrist corsage based on my color suggestions. This in spite of the controlled chaos as her shop rushed to fulfill and deliver orders for both Mother's Day and the Rigby prom-- I learned upon my arrival that Rigby was holding their's last night as well.
Carla's motto is "Quality with a Personal Touch". That really showed through. Kid 1 told me this morning that her corsage was the prettiest one she saw at the prom last night.
And a good time was had by all!