Apparently I live under a rock. There’s this thing called promposals. It’s been around for a few years, but – here in South Dakota – we always seem a bit late to the party. But the last two years promposals have found their way into our small, rural town of 800 people.
For those of you who don’t know what a promposal is – it’s basically a teenager asking another one to prom with a big, elaborate proposal. Here are a few pictures if you want to get a better idea of what the kids are doing these days.
At first, I thought it was cute. The first one I heard about was last year from a junior here in town. He lined up a few of his classmates to hold signs for a girl he had a crush on, asking her to be his prom date. I don’t remember exactly what the sign said, but it was super cute – and she said yes. They also dated for a few months after prom as well.
This year his older brother took is a step farther. He gathered up a bunch of Christmas lights, took them to the local football field, and wrote out the word “PROM?” He then called the girl he wanted to ask to prom, picked her up, blindfolded her, and walked her to the field where he let her see the lights and respond. (She also said yes.)
Now – is this cute? Most definitely! Are there probably even more clever ideas out there, I’m sure! But here’s where I have questions…
What are these girls going to expect down the road for a wedding proposal?
Are these guys going to have to spend extravagant amounts of money to get the attention of a girl they want to date or marry?
What if the girl says no? Will a young man be devastated, potentially in front of his peers?
Maybe I’m just getting old and becoming one of those “fuddy-dud” types. Or perhaps we need to sit back and figure out why we’re actually encouraging this type of behavior. I’m not sure… Either way, I have a feeling promposals are here to stay – at least for awhile.
Promposals: Are they work the hype?
I’d love to hear your opinion in the comments below!