Academic Awards & Not-so-Subtle Spousal Manipulation.

Laurel received an Academic All-Star Award last night. It’s for kids who do well on their MAP tests, yada yada yada, and the ceremony was last night. Laurel was excited because they get all kinds of freebies from local businesses, including a movie pass (and we all know those are valuable, with movie prices what they are).

And before going, Greg turned to me and said, ‘Can I wear jeans?’

Now I am a huge fan of jeans, and wear jeans whenever I can, so it’s not as though I have anything against jeans.

But I said, ‘You wear whatever you like, but I am going to wear dress clothes because I believe that when we want to emphasize the importance of an event and what it means to us, we should dress accordingly. But you should wear whatever you like. I’m sure you wouldn’t be the only one in jeans.’

So yeah, if you haven’t figured it out, that’s the manipulation part of the post.

So Greg got all dressed up, and I got all dressed up, and Laurel got all dressed up, and I even curled her hair.

Then off we drove to the ceremony, where many – if not most – of the parents and children were not dressed up at all. Jeans – even holey ones – abounded.

Oh, well. Guess I’m just old-fashioned, but…

I still think it’s ‘that’ important.

Photos from the event:

On the way One of the few who stepped on the risers correctly Trying to get a good photo 1 And trying again

Laurel was laughing so hard she couldn’t stop for a photo. Oh, well!

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