BALL GRADUATION: MORE THAN A DRESS IN THE WARDROBE.
We are in February….
* Note before reading
And yes, it was in February 2020 that I wrote this blog, before the era of Teleworking.
It was in the old days! The time or the race for a work-family balance was so exhausting! Despite all the changes 2020, I wish you have a nice day with your teenage daughter-ending a day devoted to discussing her big dreams and aspirations!
Rituals of passage into adulthood will always remain special moments, not just a dress that will remain in the wardrobe!
Here is my text ....
This time of year reminds me of those good times in life when I planned with my daughters Claudia and Léa-Marie, a day dedicated to the preparation of the big day, a mother-daughter day for the graduation ball.
The plan was as follows: I called the school to motivate the absence from class (for me as for her we allowed skipping school for that day). On the menu: Shopping, Dining and lots of conversations. The goal is to choose that ideal outfit, the dress, shoes, jewelry and accessories for the prom. All the perfect pageantry would allow them to proudly attend this celebration tinged with great self-esteem. That was a goal, but not the only one!
There was also a hidden agenda, because for me I took the opportunity to highlight their great work accomplished in their academic development, their personal accomplishment and their involvement through their school and volunteer activities.
This ritual was more than a choice of dress and the purchase of accessories, these moments were inscribed in our memories and allowed to reinforce positive messages. The desires of a young woman of this age are a very strong imprint for the future. Not just a question of outer beauty but it is a question of great inner well-being.
Beyond the shopping, there was during this mother-daughter day (or daddy-daughter since I met dads who were doing the same outing at the same time), an opportunity to experience special moments, a great time to discuss values, dreams, aspirations and remind our child that the challenge of life is not only to do what we want but to do what we believe in.
I experienced this ritual with each of my two daughters and they are lasting memories.
We wish you to have fun and feel happy and more, to pursue your dreams.
Happy Ball to all of you!
Thank you for allowing me this fabulous photo!
Photo credit: Valérie Roberts (@robertsval stylist and @andreanne_gauthier photographer