The Problem… Is Me

Heads up. This post will be more rambling than straightforward. Over the last few days, I’ve been realizing and thinking about some things, and the prom gave me a huge perspective on something. Basically, I just want to talk and since no one is around who can understand, a post will have to do. Plus, it’ll feel better to write it all out anyway.
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I’m Happy For Her…

…but a little sad for myself.

My friend Jen is going to prom tomorrow. Originally, she wasn’t going to go for the same reason I wasn’t – lack of money – but a teacher got her a fee waiver (free ticket, basically) and another got her a necklace, hair clips and let her borrow a shawl. She’s taking my other friend, and her best friend, Lia with her because they’ve known each other for years and are very close. Lia’s family is well off, so it’s no problem for her.

I’m happy for Jen, and Lia, but I’m a little sad I can’t go. I hate huge parties, but I just wanted to see what it was like. But I didn’t – and still don’t – have the money for it. Even if I did, spending it on prom wouldn’t be wise because of little emergencies that pop up. Twice, I loaned $40, once for an overdue bill and again for a traffic fine. I was paid back, but the point is with things like that creeping up, I really need to save my money. I’m not even ordering my yearbook, which is only $45, because I know I will need something else and would regret having that yearbook.

Oh, well. Everybody has to make sacrifices. It won’t kill me.

Prom Is Too Expensive

My school is having their prom on May 16th. Admittedly, while I was never planning on going, I did want to go, if only to see how great this “once-in-a-lifetime” event is.

Well, if there was ever any doubt that I wasn’t going, it’s a certainty that I’m not. Why? Because just getting in is too much for me!

A ticket for a single person is $88. $88 for one person? Really? I could get a nice dress for less than half of that! I get that it’s prom, but we’re talking close to $100 here just for a ticket! Even if I could afford that, I wouldn’t pay it because that price is utterly ridiculous. I’m not even buying my senior portraits because those are too expensive!

So my wish for this week is that prom and other school functions didn’t cost so much. I don’t doubt that prom is wonderful, but I’d rather take $20 and have a day out with my friends. Sorry, school, but you’re going to break my pockets.