Financial types are lamenting this, particularly the fact that poor people plan to spend even more than that — $2,635. Says Jason Alderman, director of Visa's financial education programs, "This is social-arms-race spending. It's extreme.
"Prom season spending is spiraling out of control. It's important to remember that the prom is a high school dance, not a wedding, and parents need to set limits in order to demonstrate financial responsibility."
OK, so parents could deprive their children a fancy dinner at Benihana, a limo bus with a stripper pole, and a set of french manicured acrylic nails to teach them a lesson about financial responsibility. OR, they could indulge their pimply progeny, splurge on all of the above, and teach them the most important lesson of all: Any event that you spend a lot of time, money, and energy preparing for will fail to live up to your expectations. Prom is among the first in a lifetime filled disappointments — and that's what makes it a rite of passage.
Did anyone have a really great prom? I vaguely remember having dinner at Buca di Beppo — HIGH CLASS — spilling beer on my dress before we got to the dance, wanting to leave the dance almost immediately after we got there, and then getting drunk at a hotel party, which was a thing we could have done any old weekend. I definitely remember that I really hated my date Gary, who'd graduated from another high school a year earlier, and who I literally never saw again after we left the dance. The entire thing was a letdown. And, look, I'm a better person for it today. Thanks, Mom and Dad.
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sarcasm, and the lost art therein.