"Isn't your dress purple?"
"No, it's the color of champagne... Champagne. And silver."
A prom conversation? It's the right time of year, but this was a freshman math class. (Same class I discussed yesterday.) Ninth graders don't go to prom. But why else would these girls be discussing gowns so obsessively at this time of year?
Yeah, so I butt into conversations all the time...
"I have to have a quinceanera and a sweet sixteen. My sibling had both. It can't look like my parents love her more than me, so I have to have the same thing she did."
The wording on that explanation had me wondering, so I asked...
"I know they don't love her more than me. (They love me more.) But in my family they may think..."
Appearances are everything with the aunts and cousins, she explained.
Well, alrighty, then...
(I live in southern California. We have a large Latino population. Quinceaneras are a thing.)
Did you have a sweet sixteen party? A quinceanera? Or did you have any big birthday party around those ages?