Of prom, parents and underpants

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Remember when high school prom was just a sweet little rite of passage? This, of course, was back before parents as a whole just went ahead and lost their minds.
CNN recently reported that a Massachusetts high school banned student Erica Eckert’s 19-year-old boyfriend from the upcoming high school prom after a criminal background check of her “nonstudent” date turned up a past charge for possession of marijuana.
Now Eckert’s mom, Kathy, is out the $500 she paid for her daughter’s dress and makeup for the big night. Said the mother: “It’s just a real shame that everything is paid for. It’s really sad.”
Shame. Oh it’s a shame no doubt. It’s almost tragic really.
No, not the prom. What’s “really sad” is that the mother of the girl found to be dating a potential felon finds fault only with the fact that the dress and limo are already paid for. She appears to have not a whit of worry that her daughter might be dating a drug dealer.
Under MY mother’s roof, this is how that conversation would have gone: “Gee mom, they won’t let my boyfriend go to the prom because he was charged with possession of marijuana and

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Warm, witty and just a wee bit warped, Kymberly Foster Seabolt is a native of Kent, Ohio, who survived childhood exposure to disco and grew up to marry and move to the country. Her column weaves her special brand of humor with poignant, entertaining, and honest portrayals of parenting, marriage, and real life. She currently lives in northeastern Ohio with her husband, two children, two dogs, two cats, and numerous dust bunnies who wish to remain nameless.

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