Declan’s school has held a spring “disco” dance every year he has been there. So, for four years now, we’ve shook our groove thing in a very dark cafeteria with about 100 kids, aged baby brother or sister to young middle schoolers returning to recapture elementary school memories. There is tons of sugar on hand, so the children invariably end up doing some crazed, manic, off-kilter version of The Hustle, but in the end mostly it’s just a great chance for the students, their parents and the school staff to let loose together.
I have a close friend in another part of the country who emailed me today and asked: “What do you think about 3rd graders having a dance where the boys ask the girls to go?”
My first reaction was, “That’s early.”
My second reaction was, “That’s really really early.”
My third reaction was, “WHY???”
My fourth reaction was, “I’m actually starting to get angry over the fact that this school which has no relationship to mine is forcing 9 year old boys to ask 9 year old girls out when that is so totally not on their radar and what about the poor little girls who don’t get asked, and by the way, this is not bringing up memories of high school AT ALL.”
What do you think? Are my second, third, and fourth reactions overboard? Or should we just let elementary school kids be kids and let a dance be a dance?