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Old 10-14-2010, 06:38 AM
Location: la hacienda
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Homecoming time in Texas:

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Old 10-14-2010, 07:57 AM
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I am sorry, but those are just insane. I remember "back-in-the-day" when it was a big deal to get a "double mum" (we used real flowers). When you have to have a back-pack type sling to hold it up, it is too big. The lady comparing a homecomine mum to an engagement ring -- really?

How much does the average student spend on a mum these days?
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Old 10-14-2010, 08:12 AM
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My friend in Flower Mound says their mums run about $150. In HP, we don't do mums for homecoming.
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Old 10-14-2010, 08:42 AM
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Why would you spend several hundred dollars on a dress to wear.....then cover it up with a cheesy bag of feathers and stuffed animals?
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Old 10-14-2010, 10:17 AM
Location: Edmond, OK
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Mums are just a Texas thing, that's for sure. Those are some of the biggest ones I've ever seen. Like Jennifw said, when I was in high school (Duncanville) they were real flowers and if you got a double mum it was a really big deal.

We actually moved to suburban OKC from the Houston area a few years ago, while both our boys were in high school. I was surprised to see that they weren't a big deal here, since it's so close to TX and since so many people here came from Texas. I think I only saw one girl wearing one here during my 3 years of involvement with the high school here. At our high school in Katy the mums were huge, and even the garters for the guys got really big. While in Katy, the boys had to buy their dates mums for the game on Friday night, which was casual, like jeans, and many of the girls would wear overalls to support the mums. Then, the dance would be the on Saturday. It was semi-formal and almost as big a deal as prom, so we would have to buy corsages for their dates for that as well. We would spend a fortune on flower

One thing that I did think was pretty cool though was some of the kids favorite mums were made by moms as a band fundraiser. They would set up a booth during lunch time beginning as soon as school started to take orders. Each year one mom would volunteer her home to be the mum house. Moms would work every day, and as homecoming approached, every night building the mums. While the band made a huge profit from this annual event, it was still less expensive than some of the other sources of mums.
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Old 10-14-2010, 10:59 AM
Location: The Big D
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Thank goodness my daughter and most of the girls at her school do not care for those HUGE things bigger than they are. YUCK!!! I'm also not a fan of mums that are not school colors. All these hot pink things and everything, no. One ribbon of your favorite color is fine but a ton of it. How do you know what school it belongs to.

At my daughters school they have a ton of traditions and one is that only seniors can have white in their mums. The flower itself can be white on anyones mum but no white ribbons or such. The seniors have a small pair of scissors attached to a ribbon on their mums to use to cut out any white on an underclassman's mum. Been that way for decades and I'm fine w/ that as it shows who the seniors are and gives them something special to look forward to. The drillteam capt is the only one allowed to have a white and silver mum.

I don't remember boys having mums or garters when I was in high school. I spent about $80 last year buying everything and making her boyfriends garter. She wanted this one place to make it this year and we are paying about $75 for it. I saw some big mums at Michaels they had made up for sale and they wanted $120 for them and they were HIDEOUS!!!! They just looked big and plain. No anything personal on them at all. And they still wanted that much for them . No way.

Our band also makes mums and sells them as a fundraiser. The moms all meet at the school during the one evening band practice and make mums. They also make miny mums and small finger ones for younger siblings and other fans and relatives to buy for spirit items during football games. My youngest daughter has a small finger mum and it is soooooo cute.
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Old 10-14-2010, 11:20 AM
Location: Texas
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A stumbled across this thread while looking for updates on city data for the Garland Bank Building. I do not normally post on this kind of thing. Just a thought, do you think High School Kids should be dating? I can't speak from experience because I have never been married with kids. What do the parents today think? My Grandmother NEVER dated in high school as with my mother so they think quite differently from many opinions of today. After all, my grandmother moved to Dallas in 1943 when the city was quite different. The Garland Bank Building was not even around yet. Just curious when I saw something on your post about your daughters "boyfriend" It made me wonder about the opinions of parents today. Understand I'm not criticizing, just curious about today’s parenting views as opposed to the 1940s.

Incidentally Garland High School is right across the street from the Garland Bank (now Chase Bank) Building

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Old 10-14-2010, 11:28 AM
Location: The Big D
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My daughter is kind of like me when I was in school. She is more "friends" than serious about the boys. She goes out and does things w/ her friends or they all hang out at our house or another friends house. The whole "couple" thing is very downplayed. They pretty much only "date" for special events like prom, homecoming, etc. She is not allowed to car date yet.
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Old 10-14-2010, 11:37 AM
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Wow. That is...atrocious. I can't believe the ones that fit in the middle of the chest. Crazy. I thought my double mums were huge but they were tiny compared to these. I always thought it was a pain in the butt to have to wear a mum, then take it off when performing like cheerleading, drill team, etc then have to put it back on. I don't know if SLC does a homecoming dance now, they used to not do one so I can't imagine wearing this monstrosity to a dance.
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Old 10-14-2010, 12:41 PM
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so I can't imagine wearing this monstrosity to a dance.
they don't wear them to the dance! Mums are just for Friday school and game-night. You have to buy a corsage/flowers for the dance. Ay-yi-yi!
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