Foto Friday – Episode 31
So there, I am 30 and Bethany has a mere four days. Wahoo!
Today’s photo is from about the last semi-major event that both of us participated in growing up – Something that will now and ever more be affectionately referred to as the Mississippi Virgin Auction 2000.
(Term coined by Keith.)
Yes, Bethany and I participated in a high school social club, LFA which stands for Les Families Amies. I believe this was meant to loosely translate as “the family of friends” although I doubt a French person would realize that. I don’t know if high school social clubs are a fixture in other southern towns or if ours is just…. extra special….
The club is somewhat akin to a sorority except well obviously in high school. You join in 8th grade and every year the big function is either a “kidnap” or a “presentation”. I was kidnapped in 8th grade. Bethany being a newcomer to the village was “kidnapped” in 10th grade.
The kidnap portion is kind of a mild hazing.
Shown above is our senior year presentation circa 2000. I guess it has it’s roots in the debutante ball tradition, and probably a distant descendant of the Jane Austen-style “coming out ball”. Basically, we rented out the town hall, all purchased very white dresses, and were presented to the public on the arms of our dates.
I can’t say i exactly regret participating but i definitely feel it was a useless sort of venture. The only valuable product of the experience is the above photo.
I’m dying to know, are we the only ones still doing this? Are the non-Southerners thinking we were so bizarre?