Monday, February 21, 2011

How you get asked to prom in Mexico....

Chivalry isn't dead.

On Thursday, a family friend, who happens to be a 17-year-old boy, came over to the house to ask my permission to invite the 15-year-old girl to the prom. He later apologized to John for not asking him, but because John was out of town, he didn't know what else to do. John forgave him.

Days earlier, through a complicated web of questioning among various friend channels, it was discovered that the 15-year-old girl would not refuse our family friend's offer, so it didn't bother our friend that the 15-year-old girl was in the room while he asked my permission. As he was leaving, he turned to her and said, "You didn't hear this, okay?"

This clandestine statement made me realize that he had yet to ask her officially, and that he would probably make a big deal of it. She waited. I waited. And finally I got the call. He and his friend would come over while the 15-year-old girl was in the temple and decorate her room to pose the big question. I giddily agreed to let them come over and awaited their arrival.

The first thing the family friend did upon entering our abode was to hand me a note and begin to explain their plan. The letter was addressed to the 15-year-old girl, and said that since she already knew he was going to ask her to prom, that he wasn't going to make a big deal out of it like everyone else had. He ended it by officially posing the question, "Will you go to prom with me?"

After reading this letter, and kind of ignoring what he was saying, I was honestly let down, but begrudgingly said I would give it to her when she came home. I began to open the door to let them out, but realizing I hadn't understood their plan, they quickly repeated it. They were going to give her the  letter as a way of catching her off guard, so that she wouldn't be expecting anything, but then she would go into her room and discover the treasure trove waiting for her there.

"OH!" I cried, finally understanding their cleverness. I smiled and laughed and led them to her room, which I had already checked for stray bras and panties, and let them do their thing. When they were finished, they insisted that I come see.

Here's what they did....


Following the trail of candy, I became more and more amazed and excited as each candy bar became bigger and better, until the culmination of the 30-pack Ferrero Rocher on her pillow! When they pointed that out, as it was not part of the trail to the puppy on the piano, I let out a little cry of delight, and asked how he knew she loved Ferrero Rochers. He responded that he had seen her get really mad that the twins had taken the Ferrero Rochers she had left on the island the previous week, so he figured she liked them. Good detective work, I say.

When she arrived home, I quickly handed her the letter before she had a chance to go to her room. I watched her read it, and she kind of chuckled, and I told her I thought it was kind of lame that he didn't do anything to ask her out, like the other boys at school. She agreed.

She then headed towards her room, and I followed closely behind with my camera, telling her that I needed to check and see if her sister had any clothes that needed to be washed. I circled the room many, many times, pretending to look for dirty clothes, until the 15-year-old girl finally saw the beginning of the trail of candy at the bottom of the stairs leading to her loft. She said things like "Oh!" and "Man" and "What the..." and "They're getting bigger" and "This is a really cute puppy!"...


....and when she saw the Ferrero Rochers "OH MAN!"


After tolerating my photography, she said that that was enough and that I could leave and that she had been wondering why I was looking so hard for dirty clothes.

Thanks, family friend, for making prom so fun and for setting a great example to my boys of how a young man should act. You're the best!

P.S. My sister and I are finally getting skinnier!
See how we're doing it HERE! :)


chibbylick said...

almost this makes me wish that: 1, we had a tradition of Prom in Australia, and 2, that I was young enough to get invited!

alessandra said...

Oh man! ;)
That was rather complicated.
She's so cute, anyway!

Kelli said...

Good times, good times. I'm going to have Recruit 2 read this! Prom isn't far off.

BarbaraJo said...

He probably dropped some serious cash on all that chocolate....especially here in MX. Lucky girl!

Mom2my10 @ 11th Heaven said...

I know, BJ! I don't know how he did it, but he is amazing!

Anonymous said...

That is awesome! yeah for her. And that was very detailed plan coming from a man....LOL Cant wait to see pics of prom.

Lynn said...

I love reading about these traditions of asking someone to the prom. We don't have that up here. And I was totally impressed with the cost of what all that chocolate would of cost him! Wow. She is one lucky girl.

P.S. I loved seeing the picture of the temple on her side shelf, in amongst the graffeti decorated room. lol. Cool.

Bethany said...

Does he also want her to be obese?

Mom2my10 @ 11th Heaven said...

I know, right, Beth? Well, it's the thought that counts.

Anonymous said...


this is the cutest! I , like all the other readers, wish we had the prom tradition/asking over here :) ( in spain). I had the privilege to live in Utah for a year and a half and I loved the prom, the asking , the dating thing...people date over here :D but it's jsut different.
this is the cutest experience for your daughter!

I wanna tell you that I love your blog, (I am not mormon but christian, jsut so you know) and you amaze me!!!
how u manage so many kids, your history, everyhting!!

I worry so much for my son that I dont know if I want more children.because of that. how do you do?? I guess you worry but is it the same for one than 2 o is it easier the more children you have?

thanks for answering, and I hope all your kids are doing great :)


Mom2my10 @ 11th Heaven said...

Maggy, thank you for your wonderful comment!

I, too, worry about all of my children, especially the ones that are out on their own, but it's just what we moms do. It's our job, and I think it's worth it. :)

Hesses Madhouse said...

Super cute! Don't know if that candy still would have been there in my house.

abish michelle said...

Love it~* ♥

young mother hubbard said...

So cool, and so fun! I love all that fun teenage stuff, I'm looking forward to my boys being nice young men like that.
I love that you let your daughter paint your room like that, it's so great to be a relaxed and fun parent like that.
You are an amazing mom and take such good care of your family. Sometimes I copy, I mean emulate you too :)

young mother hubbard said...

meant Her room