School Dance

All greased up and ready to go
All greased up and ready to go01-May-2009 16:49, 2.8, 6.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 100
Jack insisted on wearing Daddy's old riding jacket
Jack insisted on wearing Daddy's old riding jacket01-May-2009 16:50, 2.8, 6.0mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
The Pink Lady
The Pink Lady01-May-2009 16:50, 3.6, 6.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 100
 
Lookin' tough
Lookin' tough01-May-2009 16:50, 3.2, 14.5mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 100
Outside the dance
Outside the dance01-May-2009 17:08, 5.0, 6.0mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 100
Jack cuts a rug
Jack cuts a rug01-May-2009 17:16, 2.8, 6.0mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
 
Principal "Superfly" Huff and Meredith
Principal "Superfly" Huff and Meredith01-May-2009 17:18, 2.8, 6.0mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
The teachers line dance
The teachers line dance01-May-2009 17:50, 2.8, 6.0mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
Hotel, Motel, Holiday Innnn!
Hotel, Motel, Holiday Innnn!01-May-2009 17:50, 3.2, 12.4mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
 
Throw your hands in the air
like you just don't care
Throw your hands in the air like you just don't care01-May-2009 17:53, 3.2, 11.0mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
Jack in the dance contest
Jack in the dance contest01-May-2009 17:59, 2.8, 6.0mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
Jack dancing
Jack dancing01-May-2009 17:59, 2.8, 6.0mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
 
Jack and friend
Jack and friend01-May-2009 18:06, 2.8, 7.8mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
Oh my God! The Beatles!
Oh my God! The Beatles!01-May-2009 18:13, 3.3, 45.4mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
Meredith cuts a rug
Meredith cuts a rug01-May-2009 18:15, 3.2, 10.4mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
 
I guess it had to happen sometime.

But I have to say, although my memory of very early in elementary school may be a bit foggy at this point, I don’t remember ever going to a real school dance when I was in second grade, let alone kindergarten. But I guess that just makes me an old curmudgeon. 😳 Ah, well: I feel meshed with my karma – while everyone else spent the ’80s and ’90s trying to get in touch with their “inner child,” I alternated between trying to get in touch with my inner W.C. Fields and my inner H.L. Mencken. So I’m pretty comfortable with fogydom. Heh.

Anyhoo, Jack and Meredith’s school held their annual school dance last Friday, just after Meredith’s TAG presentation. It was (as you can see) a costume dance, the instructions for which were “50s, 60s or 70s.” I guess you can see which way the Olssons went. Beth deserves most of the credit – OK, all of it – for Meredith’s outfit. I wouldn’t have known what to try to pull together, but Beth managed it without looking deliberately, er, provocative, like I remember the outfits from Grease as being. Jack’s was much easier: rolled up jeans and a white T-Shirt. I feel like even I could have handled that one. 😉 But all in all, I thought they looked pretty darn good, considering.

The teachers and principal – Mr. Huff – got dressed up and even did a performance number (dance only, though Mr. Huff actually has a surprisingly good singing voice for an elementary school principal). He’s got the “early Earth Wind & Fire” look down pat – or maybe it’s “Superfly.” Not sure. One of the teachers had a sort of silver lamé thing going on, with a long black wig. Think it was supposed to be a Cher reference, but wasn’t sure. Anyway, the kids had fun…and even mom and dad did, too.

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