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April 5, 2013

Buying a prom dress is like pulling teeth

A couple of months ago, my daughter Megan struck fear into my heart when she uttered the phrase, "Guess what, Mom! You get to take me prom dress shopping!"

"Oh, Lord," I replied.

She was less than thrilled with my response. She couldn't understand why I wasn't excited about the project. Apparently, most mothers squeal with delight at the thought of buying a dress and turning their little girls into Cinderella. But I've been shopping with Megan before. It's a slow, painful process. It's like getting a tooth extracted in slow motion with no pain killer. The dentist wiggles the tooth and gouges at the gums while the blood spurts and the bones crack and still the tooth won't come out and it goes on and on and ...

You get the idea.

Today was the day. I am currently lying down with a cold rag on my head, as I spent the day today at the mall and in several dress shops in pursuit of the perfect prom dress for my daughter.

The main problem was we had completely different visions of the perfect prom dress in our heads. She had to have one that was long, was of three predetermined colors, and had some beading but wasn't "over the top." I had to have one that didn't result in my husband and me taking out a second mortgage.

The dentist was leaning back the chair and grabbing the pliers.

According to Promgirl.com (See what I will go through to get accurate facts for readers? I actually went to a website called Promgirl.com), the average prom dress costs between $100 and $400. I found this out after we went shopping, so I went into the project with unreasonable expectations. I also never shop off any full retail rack. If it doesn't say "sale" or better yet "clearance," it doesn't go home with me.

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