Congrats to Madeline Mora-Summonte who won Kristina McMorris’s Letters from Home. Visit Kristina’s website HERE.
From the 2011 Debs…
Deb Eleanor is on the west coast this week, in Seattle, the Bay Area, San Diego and LA. Come and say hello! (Deb Sarah will be there too–with her new baby, Colby, in tow! She promises not to let him scream and ruin the reading!)
Deb Kim is on CafeMom all week in their “Ask the Expert” forum. You can ask any questions at all about autism. You don’t have to be a parent to pop in and ask. Click HERE to go into the forum, “How to Keep Laughing.” And please share with your friends who may have a child on the spectrum. The questions are starting and I’m blown away by the raw honesty.
Deb Tawna’s dog, Bindi, is infinitely cuter and more talented than she is. You can read all about Bindi (including her role in Tawna’s writing life) at the Coffee with a Canine blog this week.
Deb Elise has another Barbie movie on the shelves! Barbie: A Fairy Secret came out last week, and got a thumbs-up from Elise’s six-year-old daughter… which isn’t the slam-dunk one might imagine.
Friends of the Debs…
Deb Dish — The Debs’ Best or Worst Prom Experiences…
My school didn’t have a prom! I did, however, go to my friend’s senior prom, which should have been wonderful, but I was too socially inept to handle it. Despite the fact that David (so not his real name) and I were terrific friends and always had a great time together, I was acutely aware that he was interested in being more than friends, and that I had an on-again/off-again boyfriend at my own school, and I wanted no one around to have any confusion about where my romantic interests really stood. So instead of enjoying a full night-into-morning (he had the limo all night, and I was told after-parties were A-OK with my folks — David was a nice boy and an old family friend) of platonic awesomeness with a fantastic guy… I pretended to fall asleep in the limo right after the dinner-dance so he’d take me home immediately.
Did I mention I was seriously socially inept in high school? Sigh…
Let’s just say re-using my prom dress for this Halloween costume (zombie prom queen before zombies were cool) was the best thing to come out of my prom experience.
I will admit that my two proms were perfection. I went to a New England prep school, and our class was only 80 kids. My Mom chose my first prom gown, can you imagine? A sweet Jessica McClintock “Gunne Saxe” prairie gown. Today the average 5 year old would laugh at it!. I went with the same boy both years, and dated him straight through college. You can read about our breakup at the start of my book. Thirty years later, we’re friends (with no benefits, ha ha) after a sixteen year silence. It keeps me tethered to the young Kim that I can forget so easily when life gets too “grown up.”
I’m the prude who went to a private high school that had “banquets” not dances. Sadly, no prom memories, but plenty of cheesy dress photos, just the same.
Though I dated the same boy for much of high school, my best prom was the one I went to with a huge group of friends and made as unromantic as possible. We rented a giant van and hired our favorite teacher to drive us around. We put together this crazy scavenger hunt at Toys-R-Us and spent an hour there running around in our formal attire giggling our fool heads off. We capped off the evening watching Star Wars at my house. I don’t actually remember if we made it to the dance, but that part was pretty much irrelevant. We had a blast.