Wednesday, September 13, 2006


When you think of Homecoming, most of us envision huge mums, bonfires, and the Queen being crowned at halftime of the game. Here in Podunk it is a very big deal. Homecoming isn't just for the High School kids. It is a reunion for all ex-students.

For a week before Homecoming preparations are being made. Welcome Exes banners are strung up over main street, the streets are cleaned, and planters are placed on the corners with fake mums in them. And every store window is decorated with crate paper.

Every year on Homecoming Thursday there is a tailgate supper, the formal announcement of the Homecoming Queen candidates,a pep rally, and the night end with the bonfire. Friday there is another pep rally before school ends. And at halftime proud Fathers escort their daughters onto the field for the crowning. After the game there is an all ages dance.

Saturday afternoon, win or lose, there is a parade. Then another dance Saturday night. By Sunday afternoon things are calming down and exes are leaving for home.

Being an outsider I have never been into Podunks Homecoming rituals. I would go watch my kids in the parade. And occasionally Doug and I would go to one of the dances, but not the entire weekends events.

This year I'll be involved in all the festivities. My daughter Kate has been nominated for Homecoming Queen. Kate came home with the news yesterday. The football players nominate one girl from each class, then the entire high school votes.

Kate and I are thrilled about the possibility of her winning the crown. Doug says I am more excited than Kate is about it. Maybe I am, my high school was so big that unless you were a rich cheerleader you didn't have a chance at becoming Homecoming Queen.

I just want Kate to enjoy this experience. It will be something she will always remember. I'll remember it too. At least the cost of it.

I have to buy three gowns, one for each day. The Thursday pep rally, the Friday night game, and the Saturday parade. Then there are other expenses, shoes, jewelry, and hair. I have always made all my girls their mums, so I can save a little there.

Homecoming is the last weekend of this month. I will let you all know October 1st if Kate wins.

Wish Kate luck!!


Blogger Jim said...

luck kate!!!!!!!!!!!!

4:31 AM  
Blogger Crazy Dan said...

Thats awesome news. Congrats!

7:50 AM  
Anonymous Bruce said...

Good luck Kate; may the force be with you...

BTW, the last homecoming game I went to at my old high school, Anthony Clark from Yes, Dear was home for the weekend...

11:57 AM  
Blogger limpy99 said...

Good Luck Kate.

Our high school didn't have a homecoming queen, since it was an all boys Catholic high school. Although there were a couple of guys who probably regretted that.

2:07 PM  
Blogger Ranea said...

Jim: Thanx! I'll pass on your well wishes to Kate.

Crazy Dan: Wanna contribute to the Kate for Queen dress fund? ~wink~

Bruce: I'll tell Kate to use the force to get votes.

Limpy: You guys could have crowned one of the Nuns. LOL

2:49 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Good for her! Best of luck Kate!!

8:25 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Good Luck Kate!!!!!!

8:41 PM  
Blogger :P fuzzbox said...

She's a shoo in.

9:24 PM  
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Blogger Big D said...


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Blogger erika said...

Our homecoming is this week! Good luck Kate!

9:02 AM  
Blogger oldfartswife said...

Best of luck Kate!

1:37 PM  
Blogger ozymandiaz said...

I used to date a homecoming queen. It was soooo cool. I miss that.
Does your daughter have a boyfriend?
I hope the age differance is too much of a problem.

Don't worry, I live far, far away...

3:53 PM  
Anonymous starbender said...

That is soooooo cool!
Sounds like the place 2 B.

6:30 PM  
Blogger Ranea said...

Mike: Thanx!!

Melissa: Keep your fingers crossed.

Fuzz: She is a winner in my book.

Big D: Thanx!

Erika: If your going, have fun!

Wife: I'll tell Kate you wish her luck.

Ozy: No boyfriend at the moment. A friend of hers since Pre-K is escorting her.

Starbender: It's a big party on the Podunk scale.

12:07 AM  
Anonymous michaelm said...

Best of Luck, Kate!


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Blogger Breezy said...

good luck! you'll be in my prayers

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Blogger Laurie said...

Good luck to Kate!!!

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