The proposal

by Courtney Smith | staff writer

Homecoming is by far the most sought out event in the fall for Texas schools. You get the fancy dresses, the humongous mum that probably weighs more than you, and there’s at least a handful of girls that get the homecoming proposal.

I’m all for guys stepping up and asking a girl to the dance and all, but the proposals are getting more and more extreme. From what started out as a simple and sweet question before school has turned into an elaborate showcase of feelings that basically just turns into bragging rights on Instagram. Suddenly, the guy that got a girl sunflowers looks like a jerk and the guy who spent the big bucks buying her a random fish and saying “Of all the fish in the sea, I’m so glad you swam to me. Homecoming?” looks like the king of romance.

Seriously – if I see that one even one more time I will probably throw up on the spot. What is romantic about a fish and a sign that was made by (normally) another girl?

In plain simple terms, every teenager who has ever been on the internet can understand: homecoming proposals are pretty savage.

If someone goes through all this trouble to ask someone to homecoming and puts on a huge show about it- who can say no? Really, if you do, you look like the most heartless person on the planet.

Girls are not obliged to say “yes” to any guy that asks them for anything, even if it’s just a date to a school dance and guys shouldn’t feel like they have to torture themselves to pop the question in a Pinterest montage, either. At the end of the day, it’s a dance in the school gym that is supposed to be fun.

So, here’s my advice, because I’m sure you care so much: take it easy. If you want to go to a dance with a girl or guy, do it. Don’t feel like you have to put on a show. It’s just going to be you at that dance, after all. Not your banner or confetti poppers. If you want to say no, say no, because I can’t imagine anything worse than being on a date with someone that would rather be anywhere else.

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